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POTENTIAL OUT-OF-NETWORK PROVIDER PAYMENT BENCHMARKS FOUND TO VARY WIDELY 

8/14/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Research shows wide variation in payments for emergency, radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology procedures

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HPC RELEASES NEW ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON ACUTE HOSPITAL USE 

6/26/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Opioid-related hospital use in Massachusetts declined for the first time this decade between 2016 and 2017, but disparities by geography, race, and income persist

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NEW HPC ANALYSIS HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY IN DRUG PRICING PRACTICES OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS 

6/05/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Prices Charged by Pharmacy Benefit Managers for Generic Drugs Were Often Markedly Higher Than the Actual Cost of the Drug in Both the Massachusetts Medicaid Managed Care and Commercial Plans, Contributing to Higher Health Care Spending

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HPC RELEASES TWO NEW STUDIES ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE TREATMENT ACCESS, PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY 

5/01/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Findings and Recommendations Provide New Insights into Access Barriers for Patients with Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder, and Affordability Issues for Patients with Diabetes in the Commonwealth

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HPC SETS HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH BENCHMARK AT 3.1% FOR 2020 

4/03/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

State commission has authority to set benchmark between 3.1% and 3.6% until 2023

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HPC ANNOUNCES ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP FOR 2019-2020 

3/27/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Council includes representatives from health insurers, health care providers, small and large business, state policy makers, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and behavioral health and consumer advocacy groups

News

Winter 2019 Updates from the HPC 

1/08/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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NEW RESEARCH SHOWS INSURANCE APPEAL AND REVIEW PROCESS PROTECTS MASSACHUSETTS PATIENTS  

12/20/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Since 2014, a significant number of consumers received coverage for medically necessary care as a result of Massachusetts patient protection rights administered/regulated by the HPC’s Office of Patient Protection

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GROWTH IN OVERALL SPENDING LOWEST SINCE PASSAGE OF 2012 LANDMARK HEALTH CARE BILL 

12/13/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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HPC ISSUES KEY FINDINGS FROM UPCOMING REPORTS  

11/28/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Findings and Recommendations from Annual Cost Trends Report and Study on Availability of Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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HPC RELEASES FINDINGS FROM INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS ON MANDATED NURSE STAFFING RATIOS 

10/03/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Findings Will Inform Panel Discussion at Cost Trends Hearing, October 16-17, 2018

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HPC Issues Final ‘Cost And Market Impact Review’ Report For Beth Israel Lahey Health Merger 

9/27/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Report Referred to Attorney General and Department of Public Health for Further Consideration

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HPC TO RELEASE FINDINGS FROM NEW ANALYSIS ON POTENTIAL IMPACT OF NURSE STAFFING RATIOS TO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM 

9/24/2018

Findings to Be Presented at Public Meeting on October 3, 2018 and Will Inform Panel Discussion at Cost Trends Hearing, October 16-17, 2018

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Statement from HPC Chair Stuart Altman 

9/12/2018 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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