Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Task of Massachusetts: Spreading the Word About Reform

WaPo Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff found this group of questions about chapter 58 included the latest Harris poll on health reform attitudes. The poll itself found modest increases in public support for the components of the ACA, with the exception of … Continue reading

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What Santorum Means

This exchange from last Thursday’s Florida Republican debate was the most extensive discussion of health care so far in the primary season: Romney gave a cogent, articulate defense of Massachusetts health reform (which of course goes just as well for … Continue reading

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One-Two From Patrick Adminstration

This week the Patrick administration reaffirmed its commitment to health care in the Commonwealth. First, the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth speech focused on payment and delivery system reforms that will stem the rising costs of health care: The market … Continue reading

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Conversations About End-of-Life Care

Having discussions about care that someone would or would not want in the final stages of his or her life is difficult and emotional for all involved, including the individual, loved ones, health care providers, and others. But it is … Continue reading

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Report Highlights Massachusetts Success In Children’s Enrollment

A survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) showcased experiences of four states – Massachusetts, Alabama, Iowa, and Oregon – at the forefront of the nation’s recent gains in children’s health coverage. … Continue reading

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Some More Good Stuff From MMPI

Kate Nordahl and the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute keep churning out more good stuff. Next up are two timely papers: First is a fact sheet (pdf) on the just-concluded extension of our Medicaid waiver, the agreement with the federal government … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Meets Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council is meeting January 18, 1-3 pm, at 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor, Boston. Meetings are open to the public. Agenda (pdf) items include follow-up from last month’s QCC annual meeting, including looking at … Continue reading

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Opening Doctors’ Notes to Patients

Tuesday’s NY Times reported on a research project called Open Notes, spearheaded by providers and researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which looks at the impact of encouraging patients to view their outpatient medical records (doctors’ notes and all). … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Covering All Legal Immigrants: Not $150 million this year, and not after next year, either

The state SJC just ordered the state to restore full Commonwealth Care coverage for legal immigrants. What’s it going to cost? For lots of people, the $30 billion state budget is just lots of unimaginable big numbers. But for those … Continue reading

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Serious Reportable Events Report On-Line

The MA Department of Public Health has issued its most recent reports on the occurrence of Serious Reportable Events (SREs) in Massachusetts hospitals. Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council advocated for the law requiring public reports … Continue reading

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