Last week I gave you an update on the Division’s work related to Chapter 288 – the law primarily designed to provide relief to small businesses from exorbitant premiums. In that post, I mentioned the Division’s broad efforts to promote transparency, integrate health care, and improve wellness– and gave you a brief overview of our work regarding transparency. Today, I want to share with you more about the Division’s efforts related to quality.
Per Section 54 of Chapter 288 of 2010, the Division is working with the Department of Public Health to establish a standard set of quality measures that will be publicly reported for each health care provider facility, medical group, or provider group in the Commonwealth. To that end, we’re in the process of assembling a statewide Advisory Committee representing hospitals, insurers, small businesses, and consumers. The goal of the Advisory Committee will be to review the current state of quality measurement in Massachusetts, as well as nationally, and to recommend a set of measures that will have a positive impact in the Massachusetts health care delivery system.
My hope is that the enduring effect will be twofold. First, since the set of measures will be publicly reported, consumers – both employers and individuals – will have access to relevant information about providers, thus helping them to select high-quality care for themselves, their families, and their employees.
Secondly, a uniform set of quality measures will help health care providers to monitor their progress toward achieving quality improvement goals and reducing unnecessary costs. This will culminate in an environment that promotes low-cost, efficient, and high-quality management of patient health and encourages better integration of health care delivery in the state.
Please stay tuned. We will soon convene the Advisory Committee, and all of its meetings will be open to the public. Your input in the Committee’s deliberations is valuable and necessary.
I look forward to working with the Department of Public Health and stakeholders in bringing the tools that consumers and purchasers need to optimize the quality of their health and health care.
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.