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Big Meeting Day Tomorrow - Health Policy Commission & Connector Both Meet

Big Meeting Day Tomorrow - Health Policy Commission & Connector Both Meet

November 15, 2012

If you see Administration & Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16), have some sympathy for his full day of health care meetings.

The same applies to lots of other people who live and breath Massachusetts health policy. In the morning is the first meeting of the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the new board set up by Chapter 224 to administer much of the state's cost control policy. Yesterday, the Governor, Attorney General and Auditor announced their appointments to the Commission. Their press release with the names and the backgrounds of the appointees is here. The first full board meeting of the Health Policy Commission will be at 9:30 am on Friday at Gardner Auditorium in the State House, and should go to noon.

(By the way, we neglected last week to post that the Blue Cross Foundation released a very helpful series of 1-pagers explaining the impact of Chapter 224 on hospitals, health plans, consumers, and clinicians. Get them here.)

Then the Health Connector board meets from 1 pm until 4 pm on the 21st floor of One Ashburton Place, Boston. The meeting agenda is here (pdf).

We'll continue our practice of posting detailed summaries of both meetings here on A Healthy Blog. And we'll tweet anything particularly interesting from the HPC meeting. I'm thinking hashtag #MAHPC, but others may emerge.

Gonzalez is a member of both boards, of course. He'll barely have time to catch up on emails at a rushed lunch. The rest of us just get to sit through lots and lots of health policy stuff we crave. So be nice to Jay, OK?
-Brian Rosman