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Massachusetts health care — wonky, with a healthy dose of reality


Consumer Tool for Medical Decision-Making

The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has created a worksheet titled “I Wish I Had Asked That” (PDF) for patients to use during medical appointments when they are faced with making decisions among treatment or testing options.  This is a very useful tool for engaging the patient and provider in a conversation about health concerns and next steps. We encourage patients and family members to use them during appointments and we encourage medical providers to make these available to patients, especially when they are facing a decision about their care. --Deb Wachenheim Read more »

Amy in Africa (Part 2)

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, our Executive Director, is in Africa visiting hospitals in Tanzania and Uganda to learn about the health care systems in these countries. You can read her first dispatch here. Below is her latest update: Read more »

Amy's Trip to African Hospitals (Part 1)

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, our Executive Director, is in Africa visiting hospitals in Tanzania and Uganda to learn about the health care systems in these countries. To the extent she can (internet is spotty) she is sending us updates and dispatches. Below is her first: Friday, 5:30 amKorogwe, Tanzania Read more »

A National Day of Giving!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. HCFA is able to do the work we do because of the generosity of our supporters. Gifts from individuals, families, and organizations allow HCFA to continue to assist all Massachusetts residents in receiving the health coverage they need. Giving to Health Care For All has never been so easy. On this “Giving Tuesday,” please consider making a donation to Health Care For All in one of the following ways: Make an Online Donation Mail a Contribution Mail donations to: Development Department, Health Care For All, 30 Winter Street,... Read more »

Connector Prepares for New Business Model

On Friday, the Connector Board met to discuss customer service and business operations changes needed for ACA implementation and voted to release draft regulations on the small business wellness program. Materials from the meeting are here. Read more »

Connector Restocks Product Shelf

As Glen Shor put it, the Connector is moving full steam ahead with Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Today, the Connector Board discussed possibilities for updating the Connector’s health plan offerings to meet ACA requirements and offer products with “market appeal.” Materials from the meeting are here. Read more »

Upcoming Events on Malpractice Reform and End-of-life Care

These are just two of the health care quality-related events happening over the next two weeks: Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-1:00pm: “Medical Malpractice Reform in Massachusetts,” a brown bag lunch talk at 30 Winter Street, 9th floor, Boston looking at new malpractice laws under Chapter 224-their purpose, implementation, and the collaboration between the legal and medical communities that gave rise to the new laws. Speakers are attorney Jeff Catalano and Dr. Alan Woodward. Please RSVP by October 19 to Deb Wachenheim at dwachenheim@hcfama.org. October 21-28: “Choices at the End of Life,” a... Read more »

DEADLINE FRIDAY: Tell DPH to protect my health, not Pharma profits

This summer, Massachusetts relaxed the Pharmaceutical Gift Ban. The Legislature passed and Governor signed a law that opened the door for Big Pharma to go back to their old ways of wining and dining doctors, but said that the meals had to be “modest.” Now, it’s up to the Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine how to enforce and regulate this new law. But instead of limiting permitted meals to those considered modest, DPH has released a temporary regulation defining “modest” as “similar to what a health care practitioner might purchase when dining at his or her own expense.” So,... Read more »

Connector Board Gearing up for ACA Implementation

Today, the Connector Board met to discuss key issues the Connector must consider for implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – which programs, processes, and policies can they keep and which need to change?  Materials from the meeting are here. Read more »

Calling all HCFA Alumni: Alumni Reunion!

Join us for Health Care For All's ALUMNI REUNION!   Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 49 Social Restaurant and Bar 49 Temple Place Boston, MA 02111   Reconnect with old friends, enjoy great food, and learn about new ways to stay involved! Event Emcee Brian Rosman Speakers Susan Sherry Rob Restuccia John McDonough Amy Whitcomb Slemmer This event is FREE for all HCFA Alumni. RSVP to Melissa Freitas at: freitas@hcfama.org  or 617-275-2926. Read more »


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