Monthly Archives: February 2012

Public Health Committee Approves CMSP, Drug Marketing, Outreach Bills

Yesterday the Joint Committee on Public Health, chaired by Senator Susan Fargo and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez recommended favorably 27 bills, and moved along two additional bills to the Committee on Health Care Financing.  Among the bills were some important HCFA … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Health, Outreach, Prescription Drug Reform | 3 Comments

Connector Board Hires Consultants, Discusses Small Business Coverage

Today, the Connector Board voted to approve consultant contracts for project management assistance to transform the Connector into an ACA-compliant Exchange and to provide analysis and strategy guidance around implementing ACA-required reinsurance, risk adjustment, and risk corridor programs. Connector staff … Continue reading

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Suffolk Law School to Hold Symposium on End-of-Life Care

The Journal of Health and Biomedical Law at Suffolk Law School is hosting a symposium on end-of-life care on Feb. 29, 11:30-3:00pm, at the school (120 Tremont Street, Boston). Panelists come from Compassion and Choices, the law school at the … Continue reading

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Breaking the Boom-Bust MassHealth Funding Cycle

Last week, the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute released another policy brief entitled Stabilizing MassHealth Funding: Options to Break the Recurring Cycle of Expansion and Contraction (pdf). MassHealth (Massachusetts’ Medicaid program) is counter-cyclical in nature. When state economic growth slows and … Continue reading

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Chairman Walsh to Meet with QCC Advisory Committee Wednesday

Chairman Steven Walsh of the Committee on Health Care Financing will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, with the Quality and Cost Council’s Advisory Committee to discuss payment reform. Meetings are open to the public. The meeting is 2:30-4:00 at … Continue reading

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Boston Globe on Children’s Hospital Boston Asthma Program: Two Implications for Legislation

Yesterday’s lead Kay Lazar story in the Globe, Children’s Hospital reports progress on asthma: Program cuts costs, trips to ER (paywalled, of course), is evidence of exactly why we need comprehensive reform of how health care is paid for in … Continue reading

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NPR: “If Massachusetts can do that, it might become a national model again”

NPR aired two stories over the last two days looking in depth at Massachusetts health care reform, and the prospects for cost control. The stories (audio and transcripts for both stories are here), by veteran NPR health report Richard Knox, … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council to meet Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council is holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 1-3pm. The location for this month has been changed to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, 2 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Daley … Continue reading

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Health Connector Offers More Choices to Small Businesses

Today, the Connector relaunched its Business Express program with offerings from the state’s eight leading health insurance carriers. Business Express provides small businesses with 50 or fewer employees an enhanced shopping experience, including easy comparison of health plans. The program … Continue reading

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Massachusetts: Best Friends of the Court

As the nation awaits the fate of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) slated to go before the United States Supreme Court late next month, Attorney General Martha Coakley jump-started the debate with a recent trip to Washington. On Thursday, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care Politics, MA Health Reform, National Health Reform | 2 Comments