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David_morales Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy

Research shows that better integration of the health care delivery system is an effective tool for improving health outcomes and mitigating rising annual increases in health care costs.

The key findings from a series of reports on inpatient admissions, emergency department trends, and primary care will be presented and discussed on Monday, July 19, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. You are invited to join us for this informative discussion!

Some of the important questions to be discussed are: How many of these hospitalizations were preventable? Why do some people seek medical care at the emergency department that could be treated by a primary care doctor? What are strategies for ensuring that care is delivered in the most appropriate health care setting? Where are there opportunities to improve health care coordination in the Commonwealth?

These types of questions will also be featured in three forthcoming reports, focused on preventable hospitalizations, preventable/avoidable emergency department use, and primary care supply and access, to be released that same day. The first in the series of reports – released last week – is Hospital Inpatient and Emergency Department Utilization Trends Fiscal Years 2004-2008.

Following a presentation of key findings by Division staff, the event will feature a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for improving care coordination in Massachusetts. Panelists include representatives from: Health Care for All; Lowell General Hospital; Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Neighborhood Health Plan; Tufts Medical Center; and Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Emily O'Brien at emily.o'brien@state.ma.us by Wednesday, July 14, 2010. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been processed.

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