Coinciding with last week’s hearings, Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, submitted an op-ed to The Boston Globe, "Caps hurt health system.” In today’s Globe, you will find a response written by Joseph G. Murphy, Commissioner of the Division of Insurance, and myself. Here’s part of the article, but I urge you to read the full article by following the link. http://bit.ly/cPGj3m
“IN HIS March 17 op-ed “Caps hurt health system,’’ Michael Widmer correctly points out that many small businesses have recently incurred significant double-digit premium rate increases, but suggests that reports issued by the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy imply that such disparities may not be as stark as what many small businesses are reporting. The reports analyzed cost trends from 2006 through 2008; the analysis did not capture trends from the past 18 months, when many of the most troubling premium increases have been reported. Furthermore, the division’s analysis reflected average premiums for small businesses, which means that the data mask spikes in premiums.” (Source: The Boston Globe, March 25, 2010)
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!