Monthly Archives: November 2010

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: bluecrossfoundation.org/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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The People Behind the MassHealth Dental Cuts:

The People Behind the MassHealth Dental Cuts: Food, Winter Coat or Dental Care? We recently met with Cynthia, a MassHealth recipient who has lost most of her dental benefits due to the recent cuts. She is struggling with dental pain … Continue reading

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Where’s the Scandal? The Herald Slams Law Enforcement

Should state authorities enforce the law? Usually the Boston Herald is in favor of strong law enforcement, but today’s front page screamer headline (Health Care Nightmare – Sick Sick Sick – Ruthless Mass Forces Fines on State’s Uninsured) seems to … Continue reading

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Way More Hospital Harm Than We Thought – 90,000 Preventable Medicare Deaths

A report issued yesterday by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) (Times article, full report (pdf)) within the federal Department of Health and Human Services states that approximately 180,000 Medicare patients per year die as a result of an … Continue reading

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Announcing iHCFA – Yeah, there’s an app for us.

A HCFA iPhone app is now available at the iTunes store for all iPhone and iPod users. This app will allow users to tune into HCFA’s updates in one central location. It includes blog and Twitter updates, videos, pictures, documents, … Continue reading

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