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.
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DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse