Monthly Archives: September 2011 slams down Beacon Hill Institute “RomneyCare Lost Jobs” Study

The factcheckers at are continuing to debunk the bunk. When the Rick Perry campaign started picking up the illogical conclusions of the latest Beacon Hill Institute study, the issue started getting national attention. The reporters started checking around, … Continue reading

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A federal escape valve for closed enrollment

Today I spoke with a man who has been put into a desperate situation caused by a hole in our health care system. Jim has been on Commonwealth Care for the past couple of years. He recently completed an annual … Continue reading

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Always Room for Improvement: Coaching in Healthcare, Teaching, and More

An article in The New Yorkerby Dr. Atul Gawande looks at how coaches can help improve performance in any number of careers…from the obvious ones like sports and entertainment to some that may not be so obvious such as teaching … Continue reading

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HCFA and GBIO Launch Next Phase of Health Care Cost Containment Campaign

Sunday night, HCFA and Greater Boston Interfaith Organization gathered together to kick off our campaign to control healthcare costs. With about 200 people in attendance at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, participants celebrated together in all that HCFA and GBIO have achieved … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Broker Joins the Connector Board

Last year’s health insurance law (Chapter 288) requires Governor Patrick to appoint a member of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters to the Connector Board. George Gonser, CEO of Spring Consulting Group, has been appointed to … Continue reading

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Moving Ahead with Shared Decision-Making

The National Institute for Health Care Reform recently published a paper examining shared decision-making (SDM), the challenges to its widespread implementation, and policy options for increasing its use. Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council are advocating … Continue reading

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No Surprise: Massachusetts Still Leads in Coverage

The latest census figures on health coverage are out, and the Mass Budget and Policy Center has the results: Health insurance coverage in Massachusetts far surpasses coverage nationally and in all other states, detailed statistics released by the Census Bureau … Continue reading

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Breathing is Health

The air we breathe could not be more fundamental to our health. HCFA is part of the Massachusetts Healthy Air Campaign which is holding a press conference on Tuesday, Sept 27, at 11 am at the Codman Square Community Health … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Meets Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council is meeting this Wednesday, September 21, 1:30-3:30pm (NOTE the change in the regular time), 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor. See the agenda (pdf). Meetings are open to the public. -Deb Wachenheim

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