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 expenses (TME) and relative prices next week.
Why are these two data metrics important? Because they will help us better understand the variation in cost of care and prices paid to different provider groups by geographic location across Massachusetts.
Next Thursday (November 4) we will hold the public forum to get your suggestions and feedback. In particular, we are seeking input regarding the overall approach under consideration and related matters including: provider group designations; reporting segments; health status adjustment; behavioral health units; reporting time periods; and methodological elements.
Following the consultative session, the Division plans to propose regulations in November for adoption in January.
If you are interested in providing comments or learning more about what the Division is considering for TME and relative prices, please stop by the consultative session on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Two Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Written comments will also be considered and may be submitted to the Division by close of business on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. I invite you to attend the session and stay tuned for further developments as the Division works towards full transparency in the Massachusetts health care delivery system.
As a part of our commitment to transparency and engagement in government, the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy uses several social media tools including Twitter, Blogs, and RSS feeds. We use these tools to keep you informed about the work we are doing and as a way to get feedback. You can follow us on Twitter, and you can learn more by visiting the Commonwealth Conversations: Mass Health Care blog.
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