Monthly Archives: June 2013

Who’s Going To The PROM? Standard Quality Measures Discussion Advances

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC) met on Monday, June 17th (see the meeting materials). The Committee is working to align health care performance metrics to promote uniform collection and reporting of a Standard Quality Measure Set in order to … Continue reading

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DOMA Decision Impacts Health Insurance, State Budget

Today’s Supreme Court decision holding part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have a number of impacts on health insurance eligibility and costs for same-sex married couples. It also might impact the state budget. Attorney General Martha Coakley … Continue reading

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Senate Takes Up ACA Bill Today

The Massachusetts state Senate is planning to vote today on legislation to implement the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The bill (H. 3452) was approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday. The Committee recommended several technical amendments, and … Continue reading

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And now a word from our sponsor…

Our fiscal year ends on June 30th – there are just five days left to help Health Care For All this year! Health Care For All (HCFA) needs your support to fully fund our HelpLine. Will you make a donation today? HCFA’s … Continue reading

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New Hospital Quality Data From DPH: Serious Reportable Events Down; Infections Data Mixed

Thanks to the reforms of Chapter 58 and Chapter 305, the Department of Public Health now conducts a regular review of efforts to control infection in Massachusetts hospitals. The department released its third annual report on the progress of hospitals … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Report: June 19 Meeting

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) convened this past Wednesday, June 19 for its 6th meeting. Materials from the meeting are available here, and can you read on for our full update below.

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House Passes ACA Bill

Today the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation required to implement the ACA. The bill passed on a 116-32 vote that was almost all along party lines. Every Republican voted no, and all but two Democrats voted in favor of … Continue reading

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