Post Content

David Morales, DHCFP Logo

We all know that health care costs are rising. I often cite a figure from Professor Len Nichols that without intervention, more than one-third of a family’s income may go towards health insurance by 2016. Additionally, we at the Division have found that as of 2004, per capita spending on health care in MA was 15 percent higher than the rest of the nation, even after adjusting for differences in non-patient revenue and wages.

I bring this up because I am confident that the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that the Division is developing will give the state access to timely and accurate health care claims data.  In turn, this information will allow us to better understand the factors leading to rising health care costs and therefore find ways to tackle the problem.

But this is hardly my personal opinion. There are two encouraging pieces of news that I’d like to share with you.

First, we have been given Special Recognition at the “Better Government Competition” award by the Pioneer Institute – an independent, non-partisan think tank– for our efforts relative to the APCD. The recognition from a well-known organization such as the Pioneer Institute substantiates the Division’s efforts to develop a tool that can inform policies and programs that will ultimately improve the Massachusetts health care delivery system.



Secondly, we have been invited by the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) to participate and present in an All-Payer Claims Database workshop. The workshop is designed to help build a stronger connection between data experts and policy makers with the goal of achieving increased and better utilization of existing APCDs across the country.  This event not only recognizes our strong work on the APCD thus far, but it also allows us to engage in constructive conversations with national experts to move forward our vision of bringing transparency, integration, and wellness to the health care reform dialogue in Massachusetts.

I look forward to providing you with an update about these important conversations in the coming weeks.

For more information about APCD, please visit our website and be sure to see new information including an implementation timeline, administrative bulletin, and comments we received as we developed the final regulations earlier this year.

—-

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.

Written By:

Recent Posts

World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home! posted on Aug 3

World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

By Erika Ross Returning to work after having a baby? Whether it’s been 12 weeks, 6 months, or a few years, returning to work or school can be a challenging transition. For me, becoming a new mom introduced me to a whole new wonderful world   …Continue Reading World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

Got a Preteen or Teen? Protect Their Future with Vaccines posted on Aug 3

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines. To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and   …Continue Reading Got a Preteen or Teen? Protect Their Future with Vaccines

Water, Water, Everywhere! posted on Jul 22

Water, Water, Everywhere!

  By Julia Boland & Terri Mendoza Summer’s finally here, and the temperatures steadily rising, it is important to stay hydrated while soaking up the sun’s rays.  Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, so whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or   …Continue Reading Water, Water, Everywhere!