Category Archives: Healthcare Cost Control

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When It Comes to Market Share, How Big is too Big?

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) answered this question in its full commission meeting this week on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  As David Seltz stated in his Executive Director report, the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was short, but very important.  According … Continue reading

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DPH Announces Historic Prevention Trust Grants

Huge news. Today the Department of Public Health announced the first grant awards to nine recipients from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This marks a historic milestone in Massachusetts health reform, as we expand our focus … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Unveils 2013 Cost Trends Report and Awards $10M for Community Hospitals

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) met Wednesday, January 8, for its first meeting of 2014.  Following suit from the last full meeting, the 2013 Cost Trends Report was a main topic of discussion. Also on deck was a presentation about … Continue reading

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Is The Price Right? Now You Can Check. Massachusetts Issues Consumer-Friendly Transparency Guidelines for Health Insurers

Economist Uwe Reinhardt has an apt description of how the complete lack of information around health insurance prices feels to consumers: “Imagine a department store whose customers are blindfolded before entering. A shopper might enter the store seeking to buy … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Looks Backward, Forward, Southward

The Health Policy Commission met Wednesday December 18, for its 11th full meeting. The bulk of the meeting focused on a presentation of the preliminary findings of the 2013 Cost Trends Report and an update on the Cost and Market … Continue reading

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RWJF Reports on Massachusetts’ First in the Nation Prevention and Wellness Trust

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report today about the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust, passed in 2012 as a part of our payment and delivery system reform law. The Prevention Trust, the first of its kind in the … Continue reading

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HPC: PCMHs, RPO, OPP, CHART and CMIRs (You Can Look It Up)

Hope you got your acronym cheat sheet handy. The Health Policy Commission (HPC) met for its tenth full commission meeting on Wednesday November 20th.  Several important issues were discussed at the meeting, including the patient center medical home (PCMH) certification, … Continue reading

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