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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.

 

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