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DPH Releases Latest Serious Medical Errors Report

The MA Department of Public Health last week released its most recent set of data on Serious Reportable Events (sometimes called “never events”). Read more »

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): MA Taskforce Report Offers Path to Advancing Parent and Infant Health

This blog was originally published on Community Catalyst’s blog Health Policy Hub Read more »

Watch Obama's Speech To Feel Good About Health Reform (and read Senator Kennedy's letter to feel moved)

President Obama spoke on Tuesday about health reform. In part, it probably was an attempt to get ahead of the upcoming Supreme Court decision, and in part an opportunity to reflect on the progress we've made and set the record straight. If you have the time, and want to feel good about health reform, it's worth watching the whole thing; if you don't want to watch, we've posted some highlights below for you to read.:   Read more »

House Announces Committee Assignments

Today the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved its committee chairs and members for the new legislative session. That big boom you just heard was the starting gun for the legislative process. Among the new chairs is Boston Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, who will co-lead the Health Care Financing Committee. This committee considers all bills concerning MassHealth, the Health Connector, other program such as the Health Safety Net, and delivery system reforms. It also takes a second look at many health care-related bills first approved by other committees. It has been called the "... Read more »

Congratulations, Marylou

We were so pleased to learn today that incoming Governor Charlie Baker has selected Marylou Sudders to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (for details, see this State House News Service story). Marylou and HCFA go back a long way, through our work together on children's health for over a decade, her 7-year service as Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996-2003, and our more recent work with her as a member of the Health Policy Commission. She brings enormous experience with state care systems, a very expansive empathy for the people the EOHHS agencies serve, and an openness to... Read more »

Thanks, Senator Moore

In January, Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore, one of the strongest and most expert health care leaders in the Legislature, will be leaving the State House.  Read more »

The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of this year is a notable exception. During his 40 (yes, 40!) years in the House of Representatives, there was scarcely any piece of health care legislation that did not have his fingerprints on it.  As Chairman of the Health and the Environment Subcommittee, Waxman held the first hearings into the emerging HIV/AIDS crisis, exposed deceitful practices... Read more »

President Comes To Town

Last week, on a day full of victories, the President of the United States visited Boston to defend the Affordable Care Act. He began his historic appearance at Faneuil Hall with the self-deprecating and not altogether untrue observation that his visit was not the biggest event of the day, given the Red Sox World Series game that night. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"278","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"344","width":"425","style":""}}]] The President’s appearance was capped off with a wonderful introduction by Governor Patrick, who, with... Read more »

Texas vs. Massachusetts: Their Best Is Our Worst

Rapper Nas has spit a great rhyme in his song Make the World Go Round: I'm a rare dude, I'm a wonder, your best success is my worst blunder Today, a post on Health Affairs blog, Plano, Texas Vs. Revere, Massachusetts: Sorting Through The Differing Causes And Durations Of Uninsurance made the same point in the realm of uninsurance rates. The worst in Massachusetts equals the best in Texas: Read more »

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