As the GIC moves forward with bold ways of changing the health care delivery system, outreach and sharing ideas with others becomes more critical than ever. The GIC staff participates in a variety of national and state organizations that are also innovators in the benefit world. The GIC’s Executive Director is frequently asked to speak about the GIC and our initiatives and serves as a board member of the following organizations:
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – Board Chair of the accrediting organization for managed care plans, physicians, and medical homes.
- National Quality Forum and its Measures Applications Partnership and Affordability Task Force – advises the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services on patient safety and quality measurements.
- Milbank Foundation Advisory Committee – publishes health care research.
- Catalyst for Payment Reform – a founding member of this organization, led by large health care purchasers devoted to improve quality and reduce costs by identifying and coordinating workable solutions to how we pay for health care in the U.S.
- Massachusetts Health Connector Authority – the Massachusetts exchange that runs Commonwealth Care and Commonwealth Choice and implemented Chapter 58, the Massachusetts health reform law.
- Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) Advisory Committee – appraises the clinical effectiveness and comparative value of new and existing health care interventions.
- Other Post-Employment Benefits Commission (OPEB) - investigated and studied Massachusetts public retiree health care and other non-pension benefits in an effort to reduce the cost of future benefits, preserve public employee benefits, and prevent budget cuts in other areas. The OPEB Commission released its recommended changes to benefit eligibility in the winter and the Governor’s legislation was filed in February.
- State Retiree Benefit Trust Fund – funds and pays for the state share of retiree health insurance premiums.
- Statewide Quality Advisory Committee - makes recommendations to the Department of Public Health for promulgation of quality-related measures.
In addition, GIC staff collaborate with others to implement national and state health reform legislation (Federal Health Care Reform Implementation Working Group, ACA Reinsurance, Risk Adjustment and Risk Corridors Workgroup, and several committees and task forces pursuant to Chapter 224 including dental care and payment reform), consolidating and sharing databases (Inter-Agency Analytic Group and All-Payer Claims Data Release Committee), improving health care quality (Primary Care Medical Home Initiative, the Leapfrog Group, Statewide Quality Advisory Committee and “Choosing Wisely” Advisory Committee) and implementing the Governor’s strategic plans for better health care, government and performance (A&F Strategic Plan and ANF/IT Steering Committee). The GIC also continues to be active in the New England Employee Benefits Council, and the GIC’s Communications Director serves on its Board.
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .