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HPC PROJECTS MASSACHUSETTS COMMERCIAL SPENDING ON BLOCKBUSTER GLP-1 WEIGHT-LOSS DRUGS TO SURPASS $270 MILLION IN 2023, MORE THAN DOUBLE 2022 SPENDING 

6/13/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Spending on GLP-1s is expected to continue growing in 2024 and beyond

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HPC SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON PATIENT EXPERIENCE AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS AT HPC CONVENING FOR CAREGIVERS OF SUBSTANCE-EXPOSED NEWBORNS 

6/11/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

$1.46 million in HPC funding supported coordinated, bias-free care for 200+ caregivers with substance use disorders and their infants

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MASSACHUSETTS RANKS 45th IN NATION FOR SEVERE MATERNAL MORBIDITY RATES; HPC PROPOSES INVESTMENT TO ADDRESS LEADING CAUSE OF PREGNANCY-RELATED ILLNESS 

5/09/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

HPC Policy Committees provided an overview on severe maternal morbidity and opportunities for remote blood pressure monitoring investment, as well as revitalizing health planning activities in the state

Press Statement

STATEMENT FROM HPC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVID SELTZ ON STEWARD BANKRUPTCY FILING 

5/06/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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HPC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TESTIFIES BEFORE SPECIAL HEARING ON SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITALS 

4/24/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

State leaders discuss challenges facing Southeastern Massachusetts and next steps needed to ensure health care market stability and continued access to care

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HPC SETS 2025 HEALTH CARE BENCHMARK AT 3.6% TO CURB GROWTH AND ENCOURAGE AFFORDABILITY 

4/11/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

HPC Urges Action on Affordability and Equity to Complement Benchmark and Ensure Accessible Health Care for all Massachusetts Residents

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HPC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TESTIFIES BEFORE SPECIAL HEARING ON PRIVATE EQUITY 

3/25/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Strengthened oversight needed to address increasing presence of private equity and for-profit investment in health care in Massachusetts

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STATE LEADERS GRAPPLE WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS AND AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGES 

3/14/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Rising pharmaceutical costs continue to be a major driver with 7.3% growth, more than double state benchmark. Unchecked cost growth shifts burden to employers and families in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing.

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HEALTH CARE LEADERS ADVISE ON POLICY SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGES  

2/29/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

HPC Advisory Council members discuss HPC’s new proposed health care affordability index and policy action targeting access challenges throughout the health care system

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HPC EXAMINES MASSACHUSETTS AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS LANDSCAPE  

2/15/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Massachusetts has one of the lowest number of ASCs, which have lower-priced services than HOPDs

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HPC ELECTS TO CONDUCT COST AND MARKET IMPACT REVIEW FOR NEW DANA FARBER AND BETH ISRAEL PROPOSED AFFILIATION 

1/25/2024 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

HPC will undertake a comprehensive review of the potential impacts of the proposal on the Commonwealth’s health care system

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HPC REPORT FINDS MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FACE UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN HEALTH CARE COSTS, CALLS FOR POLICY ACTION 

9/13/2023 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

The HPC’s 10th annual Health Care Cost Trends Report urges updates to advance cost containment, affordability, and health equity

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NEW HPC REPORT HIGHLIGHTS INCREASED CONSOLIDATION IN PEDIATRIC HEALTH CARE MARKET  

9/07/2023 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Recent market changes suggest the trend will continue, with concerning implications for access, affordability, and health equity.

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HPC SETS HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH TARGET AT 3.6% FOR 2024 

4/13/2023 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Commissioners discuss March health care workforce event and outline urgent action needed