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HPC: Yes, Glass Half Full/Half Empty. But Costs Under Control, For Now

Today the Health Policy Commission held a lengthy, end-of-year meeting (meeting slide deck here) summing up the year and discussing a wide variety of topics, including a year-end summary of the work of the Office of Patient Protection and updates on the medical home and ACO standard process. It was also announced that the first meeting of the "Essential Services Task Force," made up of state officials and charged with looking at the issues of hospital and service closures, will occur on December 18.   Read more »

Betsy Lehman Center Re-Launches With Focus on Patient Safety

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction held an event at the JFK Library and Museum on Tuesday both to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Betsy Lehman due to a massive chemotherapy overdose and to introduce the newly constituted Betsy Lehman Center, which was moved from the Department of Public Health to the Center for Health Information and Analysis in 2012. The day started off with remarks from Betsy Lehman’s two daughters and a video which you can view on the meeting's website, chiamass.gov/zeroharm. All event materials are also on the website. Read more »

Betsy Lehman Center Re-launch Event

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction is holding an event on December 2 at the JFK Library to re-launch the center and engage in a conversation about advancing patient safety in Massachusetts.  The event is open to the public. To find out more and to register go here. The event costs $55 to attend (lunch included) and runs from 9:30am until 1:30pm. The agenda includes representatives of all health care stakeholders including consumers. Read more »

More from the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Conference

The last two days of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care’s (IPFCC) seminar were chock full of opportunities to learn, share and network. I attended a workshop called “Beyond the Startup of a Patient and Family Advisory Council” at which many PFAC liaisons, staff, and patient and family members shared some of their challenges and ideas. Some of the items that stood out included: Read more »

Using Transportation to Drive Healthcare Reform in Massachusetts

[below is a guest post by Jennifer Bonanno, Communications Director of More Than Wheels, a nonprofit car-purchasing program that helps struggling individuals and families break the cycle of poor financial decision making by using the car buying process to catalyze lasting change, financial stability and control] Read more »

Progress For Transgender Health Care; Progress for All

HCFA is extraordinarily pleased with the recent decisions by the Patrick administration supporting health care for people needing gender therapy care. The new policy will allow transgender people across the state to access appropriate mental health care, hormone therapy, and other transition-related care. Read more »

New "Healthcare Compass" Site Provides Data on Mass Primary Care Practices

MA Health Quality Partners today launched its new consumer website with quality data for pediatric and adult primary care practices across Massachusetts. The website, called Healthcare Compass (http://healthcarecompassma.org), provides both clinical quality data and patient experience data. The website is easy to navigate and comprehend, with options to dive more deeply into data for those who want to, and provides links to many useful resources, websites, and tools. Read more »

SQAC Looks at Quality Measures

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC) met on Monday. The meeting included a presentation by a Department of Public Health working group looking at quality measures relating to palliative care and end-of-life care. This was followed by a discussion of the measures that were submitted to the SQAC for its annual process of considering measures to add to the Standardized Quality Measure Set (SQMS). Read more »


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