Over the past two weeks, the Division hosted open consultative sessions to discuss the reporting of total medical expenses, relative prices, and hospital finances. Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010 requires the Division to develop a standard way to calculate and collect these important items, which may prove to be critical components of price reform. The consultative sessions allowed the Division to share its work with the public and industry experts, and to seek comments prior to proposing regulations. We received valuable suggestions and had meaningful conversations at both of the sessions, which provided much fodder for thought as we continue to refine our proposals.
I would like to thank all the parties who participated in the consultative sessions. Your involvement is critical to our work and we at the Division appreciate the opportunity to learn from true industry experts. At this time, Division staff are reviewing written comments received from both sessions. We will take a hard look at your suggestions and concerns as we move forward in this process. Thank you again for your participation, and we look forward to your continued involvement as we plan for future sessions!
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.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting