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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

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

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

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

Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices Posted on Oct 28

Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices

  We have made a lot of progress in the two weeks since I last blogged about Chapter 288 – or the small business health care bill – and are preparing to hold an open consultative session on our proposed methodologies for calculating total medical   …Continue Reading Consultative Session for Total Medical Expenses and Relative Prices

Regarding Quality… Posted on Oct 21

Regarding Quality…

  Last week I gave you an update on the Division’s work related to Chapter 288 – the law primarily designed to provide relief to small businesses from exorbitant premiums. In that post, I mentioned the Division’s broad efforts to promote transparency, integrate health care,   …Continue Reading Regarding Quality…

Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill Posted on Oct 15

Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill

    Today I want to give you an update on the Division’s work related to Chapter 288 – the bill Governor Patrick signed into law this past August to provide relief to small businesses from escalating premiums. When the bill was passed, I blogged   …Continue Reading Moving Ahead on the Small Business Bill

Sharing the Good News Posted on Oct 7

Sharing the Good News

We all know that health care costs are rising. I often cite a figure from Professor Len Nichols that without intervention, more than one-third of a family’s income may go towards health insurance by 2016. Additionally, we at the Division have found that as of   …Continue Reading Sharing the Good News

Ready to Go! Posted on Sep 30

Ready to Go!

Ready to Go! October 1st marks an important milestone for transparency in Massachusetts health care. Why? It is the official start of the all-payer claims database (APCD)! As you may know from previous blog posts, the APCD will include virtually all health care claims data   …Continue Reading Ready to Go!

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

Healthy Living at Work: Worksite Wellness Initiatives in Springfield

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