Monthly Archives: March 2011

Would Increased MassHealth Co-pays Reduce Costs? Evidence Says No.

Increasing copays and deductibles is usually the first choice when employers or public health programs look for ways to cut health care costs. MassHealth, for example, plans to increase prescription drug copays for low income people. But a comprehensive survey … Continue reading

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Legislative Prevention Caucus Unveiled

Community leaders in public health and prevention, including EOHHS Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, doctors at the frontlines of providing care, and public health experts, met at the State House this morning to celebrate the launch of the Prevention for Health Caucus, … Continue reading

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Getting to Better Care: March MDness Edition

The state’s payment reform push continues to draw wide interest. The American Medical News talked to Massachusetts physicians, and the Cape Cod Times covered the, Cape angle, with some institutions expressing trepidation, and others looking forward: Institutions such as Cape … Continue reading

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FactCheck Fact Checks Romneycare

As former Governor’s Romney’s presidential campaign heats up, Massachusetts health reform will again become a beanbag for politicians to kick around to score points. Mike Huckabee’s trashing in his book (“we should take a lesson from RomneyCare, which shows that … Continue reading

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Stroller In To Protest Early Intervention Cuts

Yesterday members of the Children’s Health Access Coalition went to the State House to join over 300 parents, kids and supporters in a Stroller-In to support Early Intervention and protest the substantial budget cuts that Early Intervention faces in the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, National Health Reform

This week, the federal Affordable Care Act turns one. Groups all over the country will be marking the anniversary with events that celebrate people who already have been helped by the law, and the benefits to come. Stay tuned for … Continue reading

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A “Commonwealth Conversation” about … health databases

A productive blog conversation is going on now about something fairly wonky, but fairly important. We’ve blogged before about the state’s “All Payer Claims Database (APCD).” The DHCFP database, which will collect health transactions from every possible source in the … Continue reading

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