Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thanks, David.

Yesterday, State House News ran what on the surface appeared to be a strange story. They devoted an entire article about an aide moving from a legislative office over to the executive branch. Traditionally, legislative staffers are anonymous to the … Continue reading

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“Penny-wise and pound-foolish,” MassHealth Adult Dental Cuts in the New York Times

More than 800,000 low-income residents of the Commonwealth have been impacted by the 2010 cuts to MassHealth and Commonwealth Care adult dental benefits. When Governor Deval Patrick signed the FY13 budget into law, it authorized the restoration of two procedure … Continue reading

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HCFA HelpLine Focuses on Women’s Health

August 1st was a historic day for the health and well-being of women and their families. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act millions of women across Massachusetts and the country now have access to eight preventative health services without cost … Continue reading

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Patient and Family Advisory Councils: Two hospitals’ success stories

As of October 2010, all hospitals in Massachusetts were required to have established a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). DPH’s regulations for PFACs require hospitals to write annual reports describing their PFACs’ activities over the previous year and to … Continue reading

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For Your Mass Health Info File – New Reports on Budget Funding and Provisions

They read the bills, so you don’t have to. The collaboration between the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute, Mass Law Reform Institute and the Mass Budget and Policy Center continues to provide us with great summaries and insight into the often … Continue reading

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Nancy Turnbull Looks at Payment Reform Law

Writing today in the Health Affairs blog, Harvard School of Public Health Associate Dean and Connector Board Member Nancy Turnbull posts a summary and analysis of chapter 224, the new payment and delivery system reform law. Turnbull rightly focuses on … Continue reading

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How We Do? Campaign For Better Care policy recommendations included in Chapter 224: The Chart

Back in January 2010, we launched our Campaign For Better Care, a consumer-driven coalition focused on working to educate the public and policymakers on the consumer stake in payment and delivery system reform. After much internal discussion, the campaign formulated … Continue reading

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No More Call Me Maybe. Call Me Chapter 224.

This one’s got a name, now. Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. Nobody will call it by its mouthful of a title, An Act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. … Continue reading

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HCFA ED Amy Whitcomb Slemmer on the Promise of Payment Reform

In Massachusetts’ Decisive Move to Attack Health-Care Costs, published in The Atlantic, HCFA Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer explains how the just-signed health care delivery and payment reform law can transform care for patients in Massachusetts. Excerpt: For the first … Continue reading

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