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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Weekly Flu Report, November 26, 2010 Posted on Nov 29

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_26_10  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_26_10 Flu activity continues to be low in Massachusetts as we head into December. We can expect these numbers to go up now that we're heading into the traditional flu season. Take the opportunity now to get your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 26, 2010

Total Medical Expense, Relative Prices, and Hospital Costs – A Note of Gratitude Posted on Nov 23

Total Medical Expense, Relative Prices, and Hospital Costs – A Note of Gratitude

  Over the past two weeks, the Division hosted open consultative sessions to discuss the reporting of total medical expenses, relative prices, and hospital finances.  Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010 requires the Division to develop a standard way to calculate and collect these   …Continue Reading Total Medical Expense, Relative Prices, and Hospital Costs – A Note of Gratitude

Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2010 Posted on Nov 19

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_18_10  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_18_10 This week's flu report shows that flu activity continues to be relatively low in Massachusetts. Now's the perfect time to get your flu vaccine before the holiday season gets going. You can find a flu clinic by   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2010

Addressing Health Care Costs Posted on Nov 15

Addressing Health Care Costs

  Over the last few weeks, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy – along with Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) – have convened a series of interactive forums for Massachusetts employers. These forums have provided an opportunity for state officials and employers to   …Continue Reading Addressing Health Care Costs

Weekly Flu Report, November 12, 2010 Posted on Nov 15

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_12_10      As PDF:Download Weekly_flu_report_11_12_10 This week's flu report shows very low levels of flu activity in Massachusetts, as in previous weeks. While we wait for flu season to kick into high gear, now's a great time to talk about the simple ways that   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 12, 2010

Consultative Session for the Development of Hospital Cost Reporting Methodologies Posted on Nov 10

Consultative Session for the Development of Hospital Cost Reporting Methodologies

  Next Monday, November 15, we’ll host our second open consultative session on Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010 – the small business health care bill.  This time, we’ll be talking about hospital costs and how payments from individual insurance companies figure into a   …Continue Reading Consultative Session for the Development of Hospital Cost Reporting Methodologies

Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2010 Posted on Nov 4

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_4_10 or as PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_11_4_10 This week's flu report shows that seasonal flu has yet to arrive here in any significant way. Flu season doesn't usually get going until later in the fall — but flu can be unpredictable, and with the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2010

A Statewide Conversation with Employers about National Health Reform Posted on Nov 4

A Statewide Conversation with Employers about National Health Reform

Over the past few months, we have been working closely with the employer community to examine and understand federal health reform’s implications for Massachusetts’ employers.  Under the Governor’s leadership, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Division of Health Care Finance and   …Continue Reading A Statewide Conversation with Employers about National Health Reform

Healthy Eating During the Fall Harvest Posted on Nov 4

Healthy Eating During the Fall Harvest

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio Autumn in Massachusetts is one of my favorite times of year. As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, it is incredible to see the bounty of Massachusetts’ farms still going   …Continue Reading Healthy Eating During the Fall Harvest

Recap of APCD Employer Forum Posted on Nov 2

Recap of APCD Employer Forum

    Over the past few months, I’ve shared various successes with you in creating an all-payer claims database (APCD).  Despite these milestones and great momentum, I still consider the Division’s biggest accomplishment to be the transparent, robust, and open dialogue we have fostered with   …Continue Reading Recap of APCD Employer Forum