Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bundled Payments Forum At DHCFP

Payment reform means changing how we pay for care in order to improve the quality and affordability of care. “Bundled Payments” is one form of changing our reimbursement methods. A recent Division of Health Care Finance and Policy report (pdf) … Continue reading

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Commissioner Auerbach to Honor Work of HCFA Consumer Council

March 6-13 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. Health Care For All is taking the opportunity to honor the work of its Consumer Health Quality Council, which was founded five years ago. The Consumer Council has done much to advance … Continue reading

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New Open Enrollment Period Explained

We have blogged several times about the new open enrollment period that has been created for individuals who buy private health insurance coverage for themselves individually or for their families.  We have created a flow chart that explains the new … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick Makes Pitch for Payment Reform Across State

This week, Governor Patrick held a series of meetings with health care providers in Hyannis, Brockton and Jamaica Plain to discuss his recently-filed payment reform bill.  Grateful to be a part of these candid conversations, HCFA thanked the Governor for … Continue reading

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Connector Board Looks at CommCare Regs and FY11 Plan of Operations

The Connector Board met yesterday to discuss revised Commonwealth Care regulations and the Connector’s FY11 plan of operations.  Board Vice-Chair Dolores Mitchell chaired the meeting in Secretary Jay Gonzalez’s absence. Materials from the meeting are here. Glen Shor began the … Continue reading

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Sounding the Alarm About Alarms in Hospitals

In a recent 2-part series (Part I), (Part II) in the Boston Globe we read a number of chilling stories about patients who died in the hospital because an alarm set to warn nurses of their critical condition was accidentally … Continue reading

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Who Can Buy Insurance Now – The Rules

If you need individual insurance, the open enrollment period during which anyone can purchase coverage is over. The enrollment periods only applies to people who buy private health insurance coverage for themselves individually or for their families. It does not … Continue reading

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