Meetings of the HPC's 11-member Board are held approximately every six weeks throughout the year. At these public meetings, HPC staff presents Board members with a high-level overview of major workstreams at the HPC. These meetings often feature interagency partners or guest lecturers relevant to health care cost containment and reform. Major reports, statutory regulations, and publications are authorized by a majority vote at these meetings.
In order to facilitate the comprehensive work of the HPC, and to allow Board members the opportunity to fully specific topic areas in-depth, the HPC's Board is divided into five standing committees. These committees are organized around specific functions of the HPC and its enabling legislation, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, and have both monitoring and operational responsibilities.
Advisory Council Meetings
Quarterly, the HPC's Executive Director convenes a 30-plus member Advisory Council, consisting of a wide range of health care leaders that help guide and advise upon the HPC’s work. The Advisory Council consists of representatives from across the health care system, including providers, payers, consumer and patient advocates, and business, labor, education, and innovation representatives.
Discussion Series on Provider Price Variation: March - May 2016
As presented at the March 2 Board meeting, the HPC convened a group of key stakeholders to discuss specific, data-driven policy options to address unwarranted provider price variation. These meetings stemmed from the HPC's Special Report on Provider Price Variation, released in conjunction with the 2015 Cost Trends Report. All three meetings were open to the public and well-attended.
Out-of-Network Billing Listening Sessions
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HPC staff, in conjunction with researchers from Tufts Medical School, presented research to evaluate a patient's choice of community hospitals versus academic medical centers. Harvard University researchers also presented findings today from several studies on the impact of tiered network plan designs on hospital choice and medical spending in Massachusetts. The event culminated with a panel discussion.
For the first time under the framework set forth in Chapter 224, the HPC Board may modify the annual health care cost growth benchmark established in statute for calendar year 2018. As required by state law, the HPC set the 2018 benchmark equal to potential gross state product minus 0.5 percent, or 3.1%. After considering various factors including the presentation of public testimony, the HPC Board determined that an adjustment to the benchmark is not reasonably warranted.
Community Hospitals at a Crossroads : March 29, 2016
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