Post Content

David Morales, DHCFP Logo

 

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 without the tremendous efforts and close collaboration with payers, providers, employers, and consumers. 

Last July, during the public comment period for our regulations, stakeholders provided feedback that has helped us address different aspects of building a meaningful APCD.  Many have participated on technical assistance calls each week and engaged in ongoing, transparent discussions about the intricacies of data reporting.

As a result of these conversations, we are extending the data submission deadlines for health plans.  Today, the Division posted an Administrative Bulletin detailing the new dates.  This extension will provide health plans additional time to review the Division’s data specifications and address any and all technical adjustments necessary to meet the requirements.  It will also not significantly impact the Division’s goals of promoting transparency of health care costs and facilitating administrative simplification.  Rather, it is in everyone’s interest to ensure the integrity and accuracy of this data. 

The Division will continue its commitment to working with all stakeholders to finalize a repository of health care claims data that will inform important health care policy.  And as other states consider creating their own APCDs, we are pleased that they continue to look to Massachusetts for a model of accurate, reliable, and comprehensive health care data.

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!) posted on Jul 1

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

It’s hard to believe that it’s this time of year already!  With the July 4th festivities just around the corner, I’m really getting in the mood for the patriotic holiday.  I started thinking of ways to have a little more fun at my cookouts this   …Continue Reading Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change posted on Jun 23

The Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health has developed a climate assessment approach that leverages the combined resources of the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) tool and the CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. The approach actively engages stakeholders   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change

Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times posted on Jun 15

Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. What do we do when horrible things happen? A tragedy like what happened at Orlando’s LGBTQ Pulse nightclub is so   …Continue Reading Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times