Monthly Archives: May 2011

Responding to Patient’s Needs — Stat

Today’s NY Times includes an article about hospitals’ efforts to improve response time when a patient presses the call button. The article gives some specific examples of times when patients did not get a response and also discusses how small … Continue reading

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Dispatches from our Community Organizers: Memorial Day Edition

Word is getting out! Health care is complex. But not too complex for advocacy groups throughout the state who are putting on their thinking caps about how to improve care, while reducing health care spending and waste. This week, Ari … Continue reading

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Transparency Rules!

Today the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy issued critical two reports in preparation for the grueling “health policy boot camp” scheduled for the last 4 days in June (see DHCFP press release). The reports highlight the value of … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Day 2 – Getting to the Good Stuff

As the Senate winds down it’s work for the second (and probably last day) of debate on the FY 2012 State Budget, we can look back and take stock of how some key health issues made out. Children’s Mental Health … Continue reading

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Quality Updates: Checklists Now Law in Nevada and Steward Posts Quality Data

The Governor of Nevada signed into law a bill requiring hospitals to use checklists for treatment and other care processes. The statute is not specific about what checklists should be used but does mention that checklists should be developed for … Continue reading

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FY 2012 Senate Budget Debate – Day 1

As the Senate begins to wrap up day 1 of the FY 2012 Budget debate, a quick recap. Anyone who wasn’t in the gallery (or watching online) at 10 this morning missed quite a performance of the National Anthem by … Continue reading

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MA Kids Dental Programs Move to the Head of the Class!

More than five years after filing a lawsuit against the state, HCFA and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce (OHAT) are happy to announce today that Massachusetts’ children’s dental programs have been given an ‘A’ by the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign. … Continue reading

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