Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanks, Barney

Barney Frank was and is a fierce defender of health care. Losing his voice in Congress will leave a big hole. I’ve followed Barney’s career since working in Congress with a close colleague of his in the early 80s, and … Continue reading

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Individual Mandate Repeal Initiative Fail

The proposed initiative to repeal the individual mandate as part of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law has failed to gather sufficient signatures to get a place on the ballot next year. In an email to supporters yesterday, the “Massachusetts … Continue reading

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CMS Honors HCFA Staffer and Massachusetts Children’s Outreach

This week the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized HCFA’s Children’s Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Dayanne Leal, for her outstanding efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in MassHealth and other children’s health program. Dayanne was … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Health Reform: Five Year Progress Report

On Friday, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation released Massachusetts Health Reform: A Five Year Progress Report (pdf). The report, written by Alan Raymond, is the key summary of the status of coverage reform in Massachusetts in 2011. … Continue reading

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Leading the way for Better Oral Health Access in Massachusetts

JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, was recognized today by Delta Dental of Massachusetts, Lynn Community Health Center and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers at the Lynn Community Health Center in … Continue reading

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Blue Cross / Tufts Medical Center Impasse – Who’s Looking Out for the Patients?

Today’s announcement that Tufts Medical Center and its physicians at the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts hit a contracting impasse (see coverage from WBUR, and this personal story, and the Globe story), … Continue reading

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5 Years of the Consumer Health Quality Council: Watch

Health Care For All’s Consumer Health Quality Council ( turned 5 years old yesterday! This group has accomplished an amazing amount in 5 short years, and none of it could have happened without the involvement of the dedicated consumer volunteers … Continue reading

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Successful Dress Rehearsal For Payment Reform Debate

Why should an obscure state advisory board make national observers take notice? Because it’s a strong indication that Massachusetts is moving towards taking strong action to control health care cost growth. The board is the “Special Commission on Provider Price … Continue reading

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Patient Experience Is Job One

As an article in Tuesday’s NY Times highlighted, Medicare is going to start looking at patient satisfaction survey results when reimbursing hospitals. Hospital representatives quoted in the article are concerned about the negative financial impacts for things they can’t control … Continue reading

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Connector Board Report: Moving Towards ACA

Today the Connector Board met to vote on two consulting contracts, introduce the FY 2013 CommCare MCO procurement, and vote on the A&F Subcommittee’s charter.  They also held a very short annual meeting to re-elect Board Vice Chair Dolores Mitchell … Continue reading

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