Over the past few months, I’ve shared various successes with you in creating an all-payer claims database (APCD). Beginning January 31, 2011, health care payers in the Commonwealth are required to submit all health care claims data in Massachusetts to the Division. The Division will create a database from medical, dental, and pharmacy claims along with information about providers, products, and member eligibility encompassing fully-insured, self-insured, Medicare, and Medicaid data.
In an effort to engage with employers about the importance of the APCD and what the APCD regulations may mean for businesses and their employees, the Division has scheduled an open forum in Boston. This meeting is possible thanks to our close collaboration with key partners: Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Progressive Business Leaders Network, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
The forum is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2010 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, at the China Trade Building (Daley Conference Room, 5th Floor) located at 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Please RSVP to Young Joo if you plan on attending.
As January approaches, we invite you to partner with the Division in making the APCD a strong tool that will allow us to better understand the factors leading to rising health care costs and therefore find ways to tackle the problem.
I encourage you to stay informed and engaged – so sign up for our email list, send us comments through our blog, follow us on Twitter, and, most importantly, spread the word about the all-payer claims database. I look forward to seeing you at the forum.