Monthly Archives: November 2012

A National Day of Giving!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. HCFA is able to do the work we do because of the generosity of our supporters. Gifts from individuals, families, and organizations allow HCFA to continue to assist … Continue reading

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Public Health Council Fails To Tighten Pharma “Modest Meals” Regulation

Despite widespread opposition among Council members, the Public Health Council voted this morning to enact final regulations on meals provided by the drug and device industry to doctors and other prescribers. The regulations approved today keep intact the expansive, subjective … Continue reading

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Connector Prepares for New Business Model

On Friday, the Connector Board met to discuss customer service and business operations changes needed for ACA implementation and voted to release draft regulations on the small business wellness program. Materials from the meeting are here.

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D-Day Tomorrow For Pharma Gift Ban Market Regulations

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday 11/21), the Public Health Council will be voting on final regulations implementing the changes to the pharma gift ban and marketing regulations. Over the summer, the legislature changed the law to allow drug and device companies to … Continue reading

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Commence Cost Control: Health Policy Commission’s Initial Meeting

All of the state’s diverse health care hangers-on were present at 9:30 am on Friday for the first meeting of the Health Policy Commission (HPC), with all of the board members in attendance: Chair Dr. Stuart Altman, Marylou Sudders, Dr. … Continue reading

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MPHA Conference: Celebrating and Moving Ahead

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) held its annual conference in Westborough today. Lots of happenings, so I’ll just hit the high notes. This was the first major public event for MPHA’s new Executive Director, Toby Fisher. Toby is a … Continue reading

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Big Meeting Day Tomorrow – Health Policy Commission & Connector Both Meet

If you see Administration & Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16), have some sympathy for his full day of health care meetings. The same applies to lots of other people who live and breath Massachusetts health policy. In … Continue reading

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MassHealth Releases Impressive Draft Strategic Plan

Last week, MassHealth presented to a group of advocates their draft strategic plan (download pdf), a detailed presentation of the top priorities for the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program. Medicaid Director Dr. Julian Harris emphasized that the document is still a work … Continue reading

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Connector Restocks Product Shelf

As Glen Shor put it, the Connector is moving full steam ahead with Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Today, the Connector Board discussed possibilities for updating the Connector’s health plan offerings to meet ACA requirements and offer products with “market … Continue reading

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Happy 0th Birthday, Chapter 224

Today, Chapter 224, the state’s cost containment and health delivery system reform law takes effect. It’s the law’s 0th birthday (except in some east Asian cultures). The Patrick administration sent out a long list of implementation steps already taken. Since … Continue reading

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