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 care claim files to us, and we have kept our commitment to transparency and engagement by continuing to conduct daily technical assistance group calls and actively seeking to answer stakeholder questions in various ways.
For instance, DHCFP’s Assistant Commissioner for Health Data Analytics David Wessman presented on the APCD at two recent public events – the Boston Bar Association Brownbag Lunch Series and the Annual Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy Breakfast. During both presentations, Mr. Wessman provided an overview of DHCFP’s efforts to create the APCD and delved into its many potential uses. In addition to sharing our vision for how the APCD can be a valuable tool for analyzing the Massachusetts health care delivery system, we gained invaluable feedback about how the APCD can be a powerful tool for each specific segment of our broad stakeholder community.
Payers asked if the APCD will facilitate administrative simplification for reporting requirements to sister agencies. Business owners wondered whether APCD data could help them create employer worksite wellness programs. Nurse practitioners and other providers wanted to know if data from the APCD could show their impact on improving health care quality and mitigating costs. Researchers expressed an interest in knowing what type of data would be made available to them and when.
Still, we recognize that there are many other questions regarding the APCD. For this reason, DHCFP is hosting a series of public forums on May 2nd, May 13th, and May 20th to engage in candid discussions and seek specific feedback that will help us refine our work and develop additional policies.
While we hope each of you will join our discussion, we also invite you to send us your comments and questions about the APCD in advance of our forums to help us structure the discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure that these conversations are as useful and meaningful to you as they are to us.
We look forward to your thoughtful participation as we work together towards improving quality, reducing costs, and promoting transparency in the Massachusetts health care landscape.
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