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Category Archives: Mass Health Care

Bundled Payments: What and How? Posted on Feb 24

Bundled Payments: What and How?

   Today, the most widely used method of paying for health care services in Massachusetts is fee-for-service – where each service provided is priced and paid for separately.  Virtually everyone agrees that one of the ways to lower health care costs is to move away   …Continue Reading Bundled Payments: What and How?

Massachusetts is setting a High Standard Posted on Feb 3

Massachusetts is setting a High Standard

In last week’s post, I mentioned that a key component to building the most robust database of health care claims in the country is the Division’s ongoing collaborative relationship with payers, providers, employers, and consumers.  The Division has also partnered with national organizations such as   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is setting a High Standard

An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database Posted on Jan 26

An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database

  Most of you know that over the past year the Division has been building an all-payer claims database (APCD).  Massachusetts is poised to have the most robust dataset of health care claims and information in the country. This ambitious effort could not be accomplished   …Continue Reading An Important Update about the All-Payer Claims Database

Looking Forward to a Great 2011 Posted on Jan 10

Looking Forward to a Great 2011

    As we look ahead in this New Year, I thought it would be helpful to share what’s on the horizon for 2011 at the Division: In terms of transparency of quality and costs in health care, 2011 will be an exciting year at   …Continue Reading Looking Forward to a Great 2011

Looking Back on a Great 2010 Posted on Dec 29

Looking Back on a Great 2010

  As a manager, I am a big fan of reviewing and assessing the progress we make in meeting the goals we identified for ourselves and our teams.  Therefore, as I conclude my first year as DHCFP Commissioner, I thought I would recap the goals   …Continue Reading Looking Back on a Great 2010

A Busy Week Posted on Dec 23

A Busy Week

  Last week was a very busy one at the Division.  In addition to hosting another APCD employer forum, we published two important reports: 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey and Health Care in Massachusetts: Key Indicators. Like all of our other publications, these reports are   …Continue Reading A Busy Week

Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance Posted on Dec 14

Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance

Yesterday, the Division released its 2010 Massachusetts Household Insurance Survey results, showing that not only does Massachusetts continue to have the highest health insurance coverage rate in the nation, but that our state has seen gains even through an economic recession. This year, more than   …Continue Reading Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance

Join us for an APCD Forum Posted on Dec 9

Join us for an APCD Forum

    Over the past few months, I’ve shared various successes with you in creating an all-payer claims database (APCD).  Beginning January 31, 2011, health care payers in the Commonwealth are required to submit all health care claims data in Massachusetts to the Division.  The   …Continue Reading Join us for an APCD Forum

Bundled Payments: Progress Update Posted on Dec 1

Bundled Payments: Progress Update

    Over the past few months, I've provided you with updates regarding the Division's work on Chapter 288, the small business health care bill passed in August. Section 64 of Chapter 288 directs the Division to foster the adoption of one of many an   …Continue Reading Bundled Payments: Progress Update

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