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Healthy Living at Work: Worksite Wellness Initiatives in Springfield

Healthy Living at Work: Worksite Wellness Initiatives in Springfield posted on Aug 19

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Last week, I visited local employers in Springfield and we discussed their worksite wellness initiatives – specifically the opportunities and challenges related to establishing cost-effective and sustainable wellness programs with the dual aims   …Continue Reading Healthy Living at Work: Worksite Wellness Initiatives in Springfield

New Law Offers Opportunities for Small Businesses to Reduce Health Care Costs

New Law Offers Opportunities for Small Businesses to Reduce Health Care Costs posted on Aug 17

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Last Tuesday, Governor Patrick signed a bill into law that will provide immediate relief for small businesses and help to lower health insurance premiums.  At the signing ceremony, the Governor restated his commitment   …Continue Reading New Law Offers Opportunities for Small Businesses to Reduce Health Care Costs

Lessons from “The Other Side of Massachusetts”

Lessons from “The Other Side of Massachusetts” posted on Aug 2

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy About a month ago I began provider site visits across Massachusetts as a way to better understand health care system delivery issues, local market dynamics, challenges, and opportunities to integrated care and provider   …Continue Reading Lessons from “The Other Side of Massachusetts”

HCFP Symposium Debrief

HCFP Symposium Debrief posted on Jul 20

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Yesterday, we held the first Health Care Finance and Policy (HCFP) Symposium informed by the release of three new DHCFP reports about preventable/avoidable emergency department (ED) use, potentially preventable hospitalizations, and primary care supply and access   …Continue Reading HCFP Symposium Debrief

Health Care Finance and Policy Symposium Series

Health Care Finance and Policy Symposium Series posted on Jul 14

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Innovations don't need to be complicated.  For example, the Boston Globe today features the story of Dr. Dennis M. Dimitri, a family physician affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, who promotes open   …Continue Reading Health Care Finance and Policy Symposium Series

One Step Forward Toward Full Transparency

One Step Forward Toward Full Transparency posted on Jul 8

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Question: Why are we one step forward toward greater transparency in the Massachusetts health care delivery system?  Answer: Today, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy adopted regulations for the All-Payer Claims   …Continue Reading One Step Forward Toward Full Transparency

Join the Discussion: Strategies to Improve Care Coordination

Join the Discussion: Strategies to Improve Care Coordination posted on Jul 6

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Research shows that better integration of the health care delivery system is an effective tool for improving health outcomes and mitigating rising annual increases in health care costs. The key findings from a   …Continue Reading Join the Discussion: Strategies to Improve Care Coordination

Burlington Employers Engage in Health Care Costs Discussion

Burlington Employers Engage in Health Care Costs Discussion posted on Jun 30

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy In a recent post, I shared the stories of employers from the North Shore area and their challenges in providing affordable health insurance coverage to their employees.  Yesterday I visited employers in Burlington   …Continue Reading Burlington Employers Engage in Health Care Costs Discussion

“50+ Report”

“50+ Report” posted on Jun 28

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy As you may know, Massachusetts employers continue to be national leaders in providing health insurance to their workers. According to our 2009 Massachusetts Employer Survey, 76% of Massachusetts employers offer health insurance to   …Continue Reading “50+ Report”

Consumers Can Play a Role in Transforming the Health Care Delivery System

Consumers Can Play a Role in Transforming the Health Care Delivery System posted on Jun 22

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy I spend a lot of time talking about the Massachusetts health care delivery system, mostly to researchers, legislators, employers, advocates, and the like, but rarely do I have the opportunity to speak directly   …Continue Reading Consumers Can Play a Role in Transforming the Health Care Delivery System