Monthly Archives: November 2010

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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PBS Looks at Mass Health Care Reform

Last night the PBS NewsHour did a nice report looking at Massachusetts health reform. In addition to finding a formerly uninsured woman grateful for Commonwealth Care, the report includes a small business hit with cost increases, Jonathan Gruber talking about … Continue reading

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Just Say Know to Drug Companies

Both the state and the federal government have passed laws requiring disclosure of drug and device payments made to doctors. The state’s law went into effect in 2009 and the federal law will take effect in 2013. Disclosure laws help … Continue reading

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QCC Monthly Meeting Tomorrow

The Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council is holding its monthly meeting tomorrow, November 17, 1-3pm, at 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor. The agenda ) includes follow-up to last week’s annual meeting, updates on implementation of the Roadmap to … Continue reading

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Big 3 All Agree – Health Care Costs Tops Agenda

Now Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray and Speaker DeLeo all are on the same page: We need to fix health care costs now. The Governor, Senate President and Speaker have all identified controlling health care costs as one of their … Continue reading

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HCFA HelpLine Inundated with Dental Calls

The HCFA HelpLine is often the first place that we see the trends that come from big gaps in our system of care. The loss of restorative dental care – such as fillings, root canals, and dentures – for the … Continue reading

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QCC Annual Meeting

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council held its annual meeting this past Wednesday. The keynote speaker for the day was David Cutler, economics professor at Harvard and health care adviser to President Obama during his campaign (see his presentation … Continue reading

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