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STATE AWARDS $2.5 MILLION TO FOUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO TARGET SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND PROMOTE HEALTH EQUITY 

6/10/2020 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

The HPC and DPH, in collaboration with other state agencies, launch MassUP, a new investment program to address “upstream” causes of poor health outcomes and health disparities in Massachusetts

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HPC HOLDS VIRTUAL POLICY COMMITTEE MEETINGS; PRESENTS NATIONAL DATA ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND NEW FINDINGS ON OUT-OF-NETWORK BILLING, NURSE PRACTITIONER WORKFORCE IN MA 

5/06/2020 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Commissioners also discussed HPC’s future work to analyze the impact of COVID-19 to support the Commonwealth’s policy response, and new MassUP investments targeting disparities

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HPC TO HOST VIRTUAL POLICY COMMITTEE MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAY  

5/04/2020 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Commissioners will discuss key updates on priority policy areas including out-of-network billing and the scope of the nurse practitioner workforce in Massachusetts

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NEW HPC ANALYSIS EXAMINES INCREASED ROLE OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES IN MASSACHUSETTS 

3/12/2020 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

HPC finds the number of virtual patient visits doubled in 2017, but overall use was well below the U.S. rate; recommends urgent policy action to expand access

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FOR MASSACHUSETTS TO REMAIN A NATIONAL LEADER IN HEALTH CARE, HPC URGES POLICY ACTION THIS YEAR 

2/05/2020 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Recommends greater accountability and oversight of health care providers, health plans, and the pharmaceutical market; urges scrutiny of outpatient care as well as strategies to improve primary and behavioral health care access

Press Statement

Statement from Executive Director David Seltz 

10/10/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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NEW DATA SHOW POSITIVE IMPACT OF INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS FOR OPIOID-EXPOSED NEWBORNS, HOSPITALS 

9/30/2019 Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s investment programs find significant reduction in infant length of stay, improved care for mothers and infants affected by opioid use disorder

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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

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