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Category Archives: Health Policy and Planning

Rebalancing for High-Value, Accessible Health Care Posted on Nov 2

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations.  At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of this goal,   …Continue Reading Rebalancing for High-Value, Accessible Health Care

Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process Posted on Oct 6

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently proposed a revision of DPH’s Determination of Need (DoN) regulations.  At the highest level, this proposed revision represents a paradigm shift to a streamlined and retooled process that puts public health at its core. In support of   …Continue Reading Shifting the Paradigm: Infusing Public Health into the Determination of Need Process

State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System Posted on Jan 14

Last month, the Health Planning Council voted to approve the first section of the State Health Plan, which looks at behavioral health. The Health Planning Council was established by Chapter 224, a 2012 law that includes a variety of initiatives aimed at controlling health care   …Continue Reading State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System

Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions Posted on Jan 8

Discussions and decisions about care at the end of one’s life are some of the most difficult, but most important, that a patient can have. Health care providers play an important role in helping patients and families confront serious advancing illnesses. Massachusetts’ 2012 health reform   …Continue Reading Helping Patients with Serious Advancing Illness Make Informed Decisions