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Senate to Debate Payment Reform Tuesday - Let Your Senators Hear From You On Amendments

Two hundred and sixty five - that's how many amendments were filed by Senators to the Senate payment reform/delivery system reform bill (see all the amendments here). A major once-in-a-decade-or-so health reform law brings out lots and lot of health ideas, many good, some bad. Debate starts Tuesday, and if necessary, will continue on Thursday. HCFA and the Campaign For Better Care worked closely with Senators on a number of amendments to strengthen the bill. These amendments reflect our 10 principles, which we blogged on last week. Read more »

Speaker DeLeo: "We will lead the nation in finding a way to curb health care costs."

This afternoon the House unveiled their cost control bill, the Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Reduction Act of 2012 (read the full bill text; and the Committee summary (pdf)). Weighing in at 178 pages (3758 lines!), the bill takes a comprehensive approach to improving health care quality and lowering costs. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 9: Transparency

As the House and Senate get close [Note: the House is releasing their bill at 2:30 pm this afternoon, in Nurses Hall in the State House] to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 8: Consumer Protections

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 7: Patient Choice and Accessibility

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 6: Shared Savings

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 5: Public and Community Health

 As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 2: Protect Vulnerable People

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

Introducing What Makes Better Care? The Series. Part 1: Patient Centered Care

As the House and Senate get close to releasing their versions of comprehensive payment and delivery reform legislation, the Campaign For Better Care, with the help of students from the Harvard School of Public Health, will be doing a series of blog posts this week highlighting our 10 Principles for Better Care. Read more »

Breaking: Procedural Progress on Payment Reform - Senate Debate Expected Mid-May (UPDATE From Sen. Moore)

Today the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing discharged the Governor's payment reform bill, and the bill was assigned to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This is the procedural step for the Senate to go first on its version of payment reform. From State House News: Fourteen months after Gov. Deval Patrick filed a proposal on the issue, Senate President Therese Murray said Wednesday she expects the Senate to take action in mid-May on a bill making major changes to the way health care is delivered and paid for in Massachusetts. Read more »

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