Monthly Archives: April 2012

Globe Letters Look Towards Effective Payment Reform and Cost Control

Last week the Globe editorialized for a go-slow approach to a state regulatory role in payment reform. The editorial did recommend a number of our priorities, supporting “promoting accountable care, furthering transparency, highlighting effective practices, increasing consumer knowledge and incentives, … Continue reading

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Budget Prep: House Ways and Means Budget Analysis

Next week the House begins its debate on the FY 2012 budget. HCFA is supporting a number of amendments to improve access to health care in Massachusetts, and we are opposing a number of amendments that would hurt our health … Continue reading

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HCFA, MASSPIRG, AARP Urge Preservation of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban

The state’s largest consumer, health care and senior organizations called on House members to oppose the partial repeal of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Gift Ban Law, commonly known as the gift ban, included in the House Ways and Means … Continue reading

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Substance Abuse Growing Among Older Adults

New data document a growing trend of substance abuse among older adults, for whom the most commonly reported trigger is depression or anxiety. Nearly half of respondents in a survey expressed preference toward prescription drugs and alcohol over other substances. … Continue reading

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Big Pharma is at it again!

<cross-posted from Blue Mass Group> Well, Big Pharma is at it again. This time, Pharma companies are wiggling their way into the legislature’s House budget. Watch this: SECTION 46. Section 2 of chapter 111N of the General Laws is hereby … Continue reading

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Connector Board Celebrates Health Reform, Votes on CommCare Procurement, and Plans for the ACA

Yesterday, the Connector Board met to vote on the FY2013 Commonwealth Care MCO procurement and discuss the proposed subsidized coverage framework for Affordable Care Act implementation. In between these two agenda items, Governor Patrick stopped by to celebrate the sixth … Continue reading

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Nominations Open for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and caregivers, is seeking nominations for its 2012 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award. The award recognizes caregivers and teams of caregivers who demonstrate extraordinary … Continue reading

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