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Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Acting Commissioner Seena Perumal Carrington

 

As I mentioned in my previous entry, DHCFP’s endeavors are meant to spark discussion, create transparency, and inspire innovation.

For example, we recently hosted an educational symposium on bundled payments for payers, providers, and other interested parties. With over 150 attendees, the event provided participants with technical assistance as well as practical advice from organizations and individuals who have designed and implemented bundled payments.

The symposium materials, including a report that describes several models of bundled payments, are available on DHCFP’s website. In the coming months, DHCFP will publish additional reports aimed at assisting providers and payers who are considering bundled payment strategies. In addition, the symposium marked the official launch of the agency’s YouTube channel. The initial video features Assistant Commissioner for Health Research and Policy Stacey Eccleston’s overview of bundled payments.

We also held a public hearing to discuss the agency’s proposed amendments to regulations pertaining to health care payer reporting of total medical expenses and relative prices. Assistant Commissioner for Health Care Finance Steve McCabe heard testimony from more than two dozen interested parties. We will carefully review each idea prior to the adoption of the regulation, which is tentatively scheduled for April 1st.  Information about these and other regulations is available on our website.

We similarly engaged stakeholders on the all-payer claims database (APCD) when Assistant Commissioner for Health Data Analytics Dave Wessman presented recently at an event hosted by the New England Employee Benefits Council. At this event, Mr. Wessman provided an overview of the APCD, delved into its many potential uses, and emphasized the critical need for ongoing employer participation.

In the coming weeks, DHCFP will host a series of symposiums to explore issues relating to data governance, data release, and collaboration on data uses. We recognize that certain aspects of the APCD merit further community discussion. Stay tuned for an invitation.

As I seek to make clear at every opportunity, the agency’s efforts are most successful when we receive your input.

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