For Immediate Release - November 01, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK, ATTORNEY GENERAL COAKLEY AND AUDITOR BUMP NAME FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR HEALTH INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS

Áron Boros to help lead implementation of first-in-the-nation health care cost containment law

BOSTON - Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Auditor Suzanne Bump today selected Áron Boros to serve as the first Executive Director of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), furthering the Commonwealth’s efforts to lower health care costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents. Currently the Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (HCFP), Boros has helped shape the development of the Commonwealth’s landmark cost containment law.

“Áron brings valuable experience and a proven commitment to this critical role,” said Governor Patrick. “This is another important step forward in the Commonwealth’s efforts to create a health care system that is as affordable as it is accessible.”

“The Center for Health Information and Analysis will play a vital role in continuing to increase transparency and understanding of the health care market,” said Attorney General Coakley. “We are pleased that Áron Boros will lead CHIA as we begin the next stage of health care reform in Massachusetts, with a strong focus containing costs.” 

 “Áron Boros is the right choice, given the leadership role he has played at the HCFP and his understanding that good data and analytics are the foundation upon which good public policy must be built,” said Auditor Bump.

“High quality information and analysis will provide the foundation for the Commonwealth’s efforts to improve the health care system,” said Boros. “I am looking forward to setting a high standard for transparency, reliability, and objectivity as the first executive director, and to working closely with a wide variety of partners inside and outside state government.”

Boros has served as Commissioner of HCFP since September 2011.  He has co-chaired both the Provider Price Variation Commission and the Statewide Quality Advisory Commission. While serving as commissioner, Boros hosted the annual Cost Trends hearings, presided over the first release of the Division's All-Payer Claims Database for state agency and research uses, and developed a long term strategic plan that recognizes the Division's role as a 'hub' of data and analytic services for a wide variety of partners.

Prior to joining the Division, Boros worked at MassHealth as the Director of Federal Finance, and as an attorney at Boston law firm Foley Hoag.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Amherst College, and lives in Jamaica Plain with his spouse and their two children.

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) was established by the historic health care cost containment legislation that the Governor signed on August 6, as the successor agency to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.  CHIA is an independent state agency that collects health care cost and quality information and provides objective analysis of this data to assist in the formulation of health care policy.  CHIA maintains a number of the Division’s responsibilities, including the compiling of the state’s annual cost trends reports, managing the state health data repository, and monitoring the financial stability of hospitals and health plans.  CHIA also maintains a consumer health information website to enhance the transparency of the quality and cost of health care services in the Commonwealth.

CHIA is led by an Executive Director.  The Executive Director is chosen by a majority vote of the Governor, the Attorney General and the State Auditor for a term of 5 years.  The cost-containment legislation will go into effect on November 5, 2012. 

Last month, the Administration launched a website dedicated to the cost containment law, with detailed information about the law and notices of upcoming events related to the law’s implementation. The site serves as a clearinghouse for information on efforts to control health care costs, creating a transparent home for updates on progress, and other information important to consumers throughout the Commonwealth.

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