Post Content

Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Acting Commissioner Seena Perumal Carrington

The all-payer claims database (APCD) is a good example of our commitment to transparency and engagement. At our May 2010 public hearing to discuss the draft APCD regulations for both the collection and release of health care claims data, we heard testimony from dozens of stakeholders.  Our promulgated regulations, adopted the following July, addressed virtually every issue raised during the hearings and included numerous changes proposed by stakeholders.

In preparation for the original January 31st start of the claims reporting period, DHCFP convened a daily Technical Assistance Group (TAG) conference call to support payers with data submission issues.  I invite you to visit our website to read highlights from each daily call.  Also on our website, you will find a wide array of resources related to APCDs in Massachusetts and other states.

As a result of the lessons gleaned from these open and ongoing discussions, DHCFP extended the reporting deadline for submission of data for November 2010, December 2010, and January 2011.  On February 28th, we received more than 2,260 files from almost 90 registered payers, and we continue to hold daily TAG calls to address technical issues that emerge.

By May of this year, when payers will submit claims data for 2008, 2009, and the remainder of 2010, we expect to receive thousands of additional files.

In preparation and anticipation of this significant milestone, we recognize that certain aspects of the APCD merit further discussion.  Starting in April, DHCFP will host a series of forums to explore issues relating to data governance, data release, and collaboration on data uses.

Ultimately, the purpose of these forums is to make sure we engage a wide audience (comprised, hopefully, of payers, providers, employers, researchers, consumers, and government entities) to facilitate candid discussion and garner feedback that will inform our work moving forward.  You are invited – and encouraged – to participate in these forums.

We share the common goal of quality and affordable health care for all residents of the Commonwealth. The APCD is a powerful tool towards that end.

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015 posted on Feb 27

The latest weekly flu report shows another drop in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Even as these rates decline, it’s still fair to say that flu continues to circulate – which is why it’s so important to do what   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 27, 2015

Joining the Conversation on Public Health posted on Feb 24

Joining the Conversation on Public Health

As a physician working in the Commonwealth over the past twenty years, I’ve seen the groundbreaking – and lifesaving – role that the Department of Public Health has played on the front lines of protecting the well-being of all Massachusetts residents. It is an incredible   …Continue Reading Joining the Conversation on Public Health

Moms Need Sleep too! posted on Feb 23

Moms Need Sleep too!

With the weather so cold I find it hard to get up early in the morning especially if I have gone to bed late.  I know I should be getting more sleep, but as a parent there is always so much to do that inevitably   …Continue Reading Moms Need Sleep too!