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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Dialogue about health care cost containment continues with public hearings in June Posted on Apr 28

Dialogue about health care cost containment continues with public hearings in June

In March 2010, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP), in collaboration with the Division of Insurance (DoI) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), convened a series of public hearings to address the rising cost of health care in Massachusetts. As   …Continue Reading Dialogue about health care cost containment continues with public hearings in June

A sometimes ‘tricky’ but important tool: The utility of social media Posted on Apr 25

A sometimes ‘tricky’ but important tool: The utility of social media

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Last week the Boston Globe reported here on how social media can be a helpful, yet tricky tool for physicians and their ability to communicate with patients. Although I did not actively participate in using tools such as Facebook and Twitter when   …Continue Reading A sometimes ‘tricky’ but important tool: The utility of social media

Farmers’ Market Ambassadors: Volunteers in the first line of defense against hunger Posted on Apr 22

Farmers’ Market Ambassadors: Volunteers in the first line of defense against hunger

By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, increase their incomes, and improve their quality of life.  DTA serves one out of every eight individuals in the Commonwealth – which includes working   …Continue Reading Farmers’ Market Ambassadors: Volunteers in the first line of defense against hunger

APCD Community Engagement Posted on Apr 15

APCD Community Engagement

By DHCFP Acting Commissioner Seena Carrington The last two weeks have been a busy time for us at the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP), especially for those who work on the all-payer claims database (APCD).  Payers have been sending thousands of health   …Continue Reading APCD Community Engagement

Analyzing the cost of care: Division moves forward with health care cost containment Posted on Apr 14

Analyzing the cost of care: Division moves forward with health care cost containment

By DHCFP Acting Commissioner Seena Carrington   Earlier this month the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy  (DHCFP) marked an important event – the first filing of total medical expense data as required by Chapter 288. Of all the new data the agency is   …Continue Reading Analyzing the cost of care: Division moves forward with health care cost containment

Commemorating the U.S. Refugee Act: A path for starting over Posted on Apr 7

Commemorating the U.S. Refugee Act: A path for starting over

By Richard Chacon Imagine that you can’t go home. You and your family are forced out of your home and your country. You can’t go back because someone – the government or someone else – would try to hurt you for political, ethnic, religious or   …Continue Reading Commemorating the U.S. Refugee Act: A path for starting over

Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Posted on Apr 6

Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Welcome to the new blog space for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This space, Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services, will serve as a platform for EOHHS to communicate to you important issues related to health   …Continue Reading Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Health care’s alphabet soup: A new term with particular significance for all Massachusetts residents Posted on Apr 6

Health care’s alphabet soup: A new term with particular significance for all Massachusetts residents

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby   In the spirited dialogue about health care reform – nationally and here in Massachusetts – a crowded arena of terminology is emerging. Admittedly, many of us who work in government, health care and health-related industries have grown accustomed to the   …Continue Reading Health care’s alphabet soup: A new term with particular significance for all Massachusetts residents

No obstacles to giving back: DDS commemorates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Posted on Apr 6

No obstacles to giving back: DDS commemorates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe The landscape for individuals with intellectual disabilities is expanding every day. In communities throughout the Commonwealth, emblems of their enthusiasm, participation, humanitarian efforts, volunteerism, and unlimited potential deserve acknowledgement. Through active participation within their communities — whether through voting, advocating,   …Continue Reading No obstacles to giving back: DDS commemorates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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