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.
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!