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HPC Special Events and Public Sessions

See below for information on HPC public hearings, listening and discussion sessions, and other special events.

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Public Hearing on Drug Pricing Review: December 13, 2019

Public Listening Session - Prescription Drug Coupons: May 21, 2019

Benchmark Hearings: 2017 - 2019

See here for information and materials related to the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark.

Public Listening Session - ACO Certification Program: January 23, 2019

Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition Kickoff Breakfast: December 11, 2018

In partnership with the Health Policy Commission, the Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition hosted an engaging forum on improving the appropriate use of emergency departments (ED) as a strategic step toward a more affordable health care system. For more information, click here

Public Hearing on RBPO/ACO Patient Appeals Regulation: May 25, 2018

Partnering to Address the Social Determinants of Health: What Works?: May 17, 2018

8:00 AM
University of Massachusetts Club
1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor
Boston, MA

Agenda
Program Book
Presentation – Dr. Alice Chen
Presentation – Commissioner Monica Bharel 
Video

 

Public Listening Session - Shifting Drug Distribution Channels: May 9, 2018

CHART Phase 2 Statewide Convening: October 16, 2017

On October 16, 2017, the Health Policy Commission held its second CHART Phase 2 Statewide Convening to highlight some of the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the individual and collective work of the two-year, $60 million investment in 25 programs across 27 community hospitals to improve care for high risk and vulnerable populations. This full-day public event included panel discussions and breakout sessions where attendees heard directly from care team members, program managers, and hospital leadership implementing these initiatives.

Event Booklet  
Panel Session Slides   
Convening Summary  
Lessons Learned Summary  

Consumer Preferences, Hospital Choices, and Demand-Side Incentives: April 10, 2017

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. 

Event Program  
HPC Presentation  
Enrollment In A Health Plan With A Tiered Provider Network Decreased Medical Spending By 5 Percent HealthAffairs article by Dr. Anna Sinaiko

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. 

May 19, 2016

12:00PM
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA

Agenda  
Presentation   
Video

April 13, 2016

12:00PM
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA

The second meeting in the stakeholder discussion series will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM. This meeting will focus on potential supply-side policy options to address unwarranted price variation including, for example, discussion around adoption of global budgets, transitioning from using historic spending to developing global budgets, and other enhancements to alternative payment methodologies. Presentations will be given by Dr. Hoangmai Pham (Chief Innovation Officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) and HPC staff. 

Agenda 
Presentation  
Presentation - Dr. Hoangmai Pham on Financial Benchmarking   
Video

March 30, 2016

12:00PM
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA

The first meeting in the HPC's Provider Price Variation Stakeholder Discussion Series took place on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM and focused on potential demand-side incentives to address unwarranted price variation including, for example, enhancing insurance market functioning, insurance product design, reference pricing and cash-back rebates, and increased transparency for price and quality. Presentations were given by HPC staff and staff from the Attorney General's Office.

Agenda  
Presentation   
Video

Out-of-Network Billing Listening Sessions

2015 Cost Trends Report: Out-of-Network Billing  

Public Comments

Massachusetts Hospital Association - May 18, 2016  
Massachusetts Hospital Association - April 6, 2016  
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts - April 6, 2016   

May 18, 2016

Joint meeting of the Cost Trends & Market Performance and Quality Improvement & Patient Protection Committees.

9:30AM
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA

Agenda  
Presentation   
Audio  

April 6, 2016

Joint meeting of the Cost Trends & Market Performance and Quality Improvement & Patient Protection Committees.

10:00AM
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA

Agenda  
Presentation   
2015 Cost Trends Report: Out-of-Network Billing  
Audio  

Community Hospitals at a Crossroads March 29, 2016

Since late 2012, the Commonwealth has made significant progress in slowing the growth of health care costs. However, a critical sector of the health care delivery system—community hospitals—is facing unprecedented challenges, threatening progress toward creating an efficient, high-quality health care system accessible to all patients in Massachusetts.

The HPC released a unique report in March 2016 entitled: Community Hospitals at a Crossroads: Findings from an Examination of the Massachusetts Health Care System   

This report details the challenges facing community hospitals, identifies a future vision for community-based care, and outlines necessary steps toward transforming the care delivery and payment system to achieve that vision. The report was developed by the HPC after more than a year of research, analysis, and interviews with health care providers, consumers, health plans, community leaders, elected officials, and other expert partners.

VIDEO of Community Hospitals at a Crossroads: A Conversation to Foster a Sustainable Community Health System

Date published: May 29, 2018
Last updated: May 29, 2018
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