Monthly Archives: May 2012

MHQP and Consumer Reports Partner on Public Report

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) and Consumer Reports have teamed up in releasing issue MHQP’s latest report on patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care practices across the Commonwealth. Go to the MHQP website to see the two versions … Continue reading

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Let It BHP

A few weeks ago, officials from EOHHS, MassHealth, and the Connector publicly announced their recommendation to implement a Basic Health Plan (BHP) in Massachusetts, to be administered by MassHealth, beginning in January 2014 (see this state powerpoint for analysis and … Continue reading

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Updating the Senate Update – Good News on Prescription Marketing Standards

Around noon Friday the Senate approved their budget on a 36-0 vote. The Senate bill contains no language to weaken or repeal the pharmaceutical and medical device gift ban law. Senator Petruccelli’s so-called “restaurant rejuvenation” amendment did not come up … Continue reading

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Senate Update – Rx Issue Pending in Budget; Payment Reform Bill Amendments Posted

This morning the Senate will reconvene at 9 am to finish up its work on the FY 2013 budget. Last night the Senate approved an amendment by Senator Chandler to begin the process of restoring some of the dental benefits … Continue reading

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Senate Begins Payment Reform Debate – Some More Amendments To Watch

This afternoon the Senate begins its debate on comprehensive health payment and delivery system reform. Over the weekend, we blogged on a dozen amendments supported by Health Care For All and the Campaign For Better Care. There’s lots of other … Continue reading

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Senate to Debate Payment Reform Tuesday – Let Your Senators Hear From You On Amendments

Two hundred and sixty five – that’s how many amendments were filed by Senators to the Senate payment reform/delivery system reform bill (see all the amendments here). A major once-in-a-decade-or-so health reform law brings out lots and lot of health … Continue reading

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Connector Board Report – May 10, 2012

Today, the Connector Board met to discuss the 2013 Commonwealth Choice Seal of Approval and the Exchange Project Management contract. Materials from the meeting are posted here and our full report is after the fold.

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HCFA Reacts to Senate Payment Reform Bill

Yesterday afternoon the Senate released its payment reform proposal. Like the House bill, the Senate bill (full text) advances the discussion on how to make systemic changes to our health care delivery system. We’re busy tearing through the 5080 lines … Continue reading

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Speaker DeLeo: “We will lead the nation in finding a way to curb health care costs.”

This afternoon the House unveiled their cost control bill, the Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Reduction Act of 2012 (read the full bill text; and the Committee summary (pdf)). Weighing in at 178 pages (3758 lines!), the bill takes … Continue reading

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What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 9: Transparency

As the House and Senate get close [Note: the House is releasing their bill at 2:30 pm this afternoon, in Nurses Hall in the State House] to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For … Continue reading

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