Monthly Archives: October 2013

MITSS to Hold Educational Forum before Annual Event

Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) will be holding its annual fundraising dinner the evening of November 14 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel (event details here). This year they are also doing something new and adding a free educational … Continue reading

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Enroll America Reports on Massachusetts Health Reform Education Campaign

Enroll America is the national non-profit working to to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. They are focusing on states with the highest numbers of uninsured, as you … Continue reading

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Standardard Quality Measure Committee Approves Final Report

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee met last Monday and approved its year 2 final report. The report should be posted on the website soon, and you can see last year’s report and meeting materials here. Before approving the final report, … Continue reading

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Empowering Consumers Conference Part II Held in Worcester

Last week, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation held its second community conversation conference on “empowering healthcare consumers.” Click here  to read more about the conference and the featured speakers and to see information about the first conference … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Talks Costs

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) met on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 for its ninth full meeting. Several important issues were discussed at the meeting, including trends that emerged from the Annual Cost Trends Hearing; updates on the Community Hospital Acceleration, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Student Health Insurance is Getting Better

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward, Massachusetts policymakers continue to update state laws and regulations.  Recently, the Health Connector released proposed regulatory changes to the Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) (pdf). Since the 1988 Dukakis universal … Continue reading

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DPH Regulations Out on End-of-life and Palliative Care Information

At Wednesday’s Public Health Council meeting the Department of Public Health presented its draft regulations (PDF) for implementing Section 227 of Chapter 224. This section focuses on providing information to appropriate patients about palliative care and end-of-life care options. There are four … Continue reading

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Public Health Council Meets Tomorrow

The Public Health Council is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 10/16) at the Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, 2nd floor. See the agenda here (pdf). Topics to be covered include draft regulations on information for patients about palliative care and … Continue reading

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Connector Board Debriefs ACA Open Enrollment Progress, Reviews ConnectorCare, Student Health Insurance Regulations

Yesterday, the Connector Board met for the first time since the launch of open enrollment on October 1st, a significant milestone for Massachusetts and the nation as the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) become reality. Meanwhile, enrollment … Continue reading

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Cost Trends Hearing 2013 Looks At State’s Health Ecosystem

Last week the Health Policy Commission (HPC) held the annual health care cost trends hearing. Chapter 224 transferred the responsibility to conduct the hearing to the HPC, in coordination with the Office of the Attorney General and Center for Health … Continue reading

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