Monthly Archives: November 2010

Coverage Leads to Preventive Care, Screening and Treatment – The View From The Front Line

Dr. Joseph Viadero, a primary care physician in private practice in Franklin County, talked to the PBS News Hour a few weeks ago about the impact Massachusetts health reform is having on his patients. In just his own practice, he … Continue reading

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Click. Shop. Support HCFA on Cyber Monday!

You can support Health Care For All by shopping online at over 800 + stores like Borders, Gap, Dell, and Amazon by selecting HCFA as your charity of choice when you join for free! Through, participating companies will … Continue reading

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Good Patient Experience = Good Clinical Quality

One of our top prerequisites for payment reform legislation (you can see them all here) is that transparent patient activation and patient empowerment measures be baked into the reimbursement system. These include validated measures of patient experience, like the Ideal … Continue reading

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QCC Forum on Payment Reform Next Thursday (UPDATED)

Next Thursday, December 2nd, the Quality and Cost Council will host a Public Forum on Health Care Payment System Delivery Reform (info here). The forum will be held at the Hoagland Pinkus Conference Center in Shrewsbury from 12:30-2:30pm. The QCC … Continue reading

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Connector Reports Highlight Health Reform’s Successes, Challenges

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Connector released two reports reviewing Massachusetts health reform’s progress in 2010. The Massachusetts Health Care Reform 2010 Progress Report is a very well-designed and colorful summary of Massachusetts health reform’s success to date. The … Continue reading

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DPH Posts Pharma and Device Payment Data

Today, the DPH released the eagerly-anticipated data containing payments made to Massachusetts prescribers by drug and device companies. Payment disclosure is an essential part of Massachusetts’ overall efforts to curb health care costs and guarantee the ethical delivery of health … Continue reading

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Sunday Globe Column Spotlights Campaign For Better Care’s Work in Communities

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Very Cool, Very Useful Health Reform Website from Blue Cross Foundation

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has launched a new online resource dedicated to Massachusetts health reform: The website aims to be the comprehensive clearinghouse of resources on Massachusetts health reform. From the Foundation’s release: [The site] … Continue reading

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Getting to Better Care: Pre-Turkey Edition

In this week’s installment of Getting to Better Care, we bring you the importance of pricing in cost control, doctors who practice what they preach and an extra helping of fun. You can also check out our previous blog posts … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being The QCC

One year after the passage of its “Road Map to Cost Containment,” the Health Care Quality and Cost Council discussed the progress it has made at this afternoon’s meeting (agenda and materials). Using a striking frog-illustrated PowerPoint, QCC members assessed … Continue reading

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