It’s full steam ahead at the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP). Last week’s successful launch of the all-payer claims database embodies one of many important initiatives that DHCFP has undertaken to further its ongoing mission to provide reliable, objective health care information.
We all share the goal of achieving quality, affordable health care. Toward this end, DHCFP is here to work with you, to field your questions, to discuss your ideas, and to facilitate this process by providing you with a solid understanding of our role.
DHCFP collects a broad and diverse array of data from across the Massachusetts health care landscape—vital resources encompassing claims data, provider cost reports, and hospital case mix records. Using this wealth of information, DHCFP produces trusted analyses to help demystify the Commonwealth’s health care delivery system. Our work already spans many key health care issues, and we are always looking to explore new topics that will inform the development of a more rational, systemic, and effective approach to ensuring health care value, containing health care costs, and providing high quality care.
For these efforts to become truly meaningful, however, we seek to engage every stakeholder, including the public. Our endeavors are meant to spark discussion, create transparency, and inspire innovation. We value your insight, we want to hear your thoughts, and we will endeavor to answer any questions you may have. I invite you to participate actively in our work by reading our reports, following our blog, attending our events, and reaching out to us. I hope you find that our work merits attention, and I encourage you to spread the word about this unique state resource.
Working together, in partnership with your engagement and your ideas, we can better position Massachusetts to contribute its unique experience to the national discussions on health care reform—both its successful implementation and sustainability.
As a part of our commitment to transparency, the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy uses several social media tools to keep you informed about our work and to garner 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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