Who We Are
The Health Policy Commission (Commission) was established in 2012 through Massachusetts’ landmark health care cost-containment law, Chapter 224: “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency, and Innovation.” The Commission is an independent state agency governed by an 11-member board with diverse experience in health care.
Chapter 224 sets the ambitious goal of bringing health care spending growth in line with growth in the state’s overall economy. The Commission is working to advance this goal by:
- Fostering reforms to the health care payment system that aim to reward quality care, improve health outcomes, and more efficiently spend health care dollars;
- Promoting innovative delivery models that will enhance care coordination, advance integration of behavioral and physical health services, and encourage effective patient-centered care;
- Investing in community hospitals and other providers to support the transition to new payment methods and care delivery models;
- Increasing the transparency of provider organizations and assessing the impact of health care market changes on the cost, quality, and access of health care services in Massachusetts;
- Analyzing and reporting of cost trends through data examination and an annual public hearing process to provide accountability of the health care cost-containment goals set forth in Chapter 224;
- Enhancing accountability through the implementation of performance-improvement plans for certain providers and payers that threaten the ability of the state to meet the cost growth benchmark;
- Evaluating the prevalence and performance of initiatives aimed at health system transformation;
- Engaging consumers and businesses on health care cost and quality initiatives; and
- Partnering with a wide range of stakeholders to promote informed dialogue, recommend evidence-based policies, and identify collaborative solutions.
The Governor, Attorney General and State Auditor have appointed an 11-member board made up of public and private sector leaders with diverse areas of expertise to govern the HPC. Our Executive Director and staff are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency.