Category Archives: Health Care Quality

Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity, Patient-Centeredness, Safety, Timeliness

When Things Go Wrong in the Ambulatory Setting

HCFA is one of a number of organizations involved in the PROMISES (Proactive Reduction of Outpatient Malpractice: Improving Safety, Efficiency, and Satisfaction) Project in Massachusetts. This project, which was funded through the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) … Continue reading

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DPH: Asked To Do More With Less

These are the weeks that the final decisions on the governor’s budget proposal for next year are being made by the administration. We have a number of budget requests for health care, starting with full restoration of dental benefits for … Continue reading

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DPH Listening Session, and Compassion in Action Empathy Webinar

Two Upcoming Events of Interest: The MA Department of Public Health has been holding a series of Community Health Dialogues around the state to talk about the work and priorities of the Department and hear from community members about their … Continue reading

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SQAC Looks At Quality Measures

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC)  met this week for its final 2013 meeting. The group looked at an overview of the current Standard Quality Measure Set (SQMS), which includes 128 measures, 93 of which are mandated and 35 or … Continue reading

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Testimony on Proposed Regulations on Palliative Care and End-of-life Care

The Department of Public Health recently issued draft regulations for implementing the section of Chapter 224 that requires the provision of information to appropriate patients about options for palliative care and end-of-life care (in October we blogged about the draft … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Why Can’t Copays and Deductibles Be Smart? Barrier-Free Care Bill Hearing Report

On Tuesday, three Health Care For All consumer advocates sat before the Joint Committee on Public Health to explain the damaging effects of out-pocket-costs and to lend their voices to making change.  Laura Hudson of Northhampton, Valerie Spain of Cambridge, … Continue reading

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