Health Policy Commission

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce healthcare cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. MHA engages and interacts with HPC staff and commissioners alike to ensure that our members’ perspectives are heard, taken into account and included at all stages of the HPC’s research, assessment and recommendations concerning broad healthcare cost and quality goals.
Last week, HPC staff presented recommendations for a legislatively mandated report on insurer-compelled “brown-bagging” and “white-bagging” of pharmaceuticals that is forthcoming later this month.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives today begins debate on the proposed FY2020 state budget, and the nearly 1,400 amendments to it that have been filed.
State and federal governments are looking into rising prescription drug prices.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last week voted to set the statewide healthcare cost growth benchmark for calendar year 2020 at 3.1%.
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
One item that stood out in the HPC’s meeting last week was the ever-increasing price of insulin.
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The 2018 Cost Trends Report from the Health Policy Commission released last month showed the persistent growth in prescription drug spending over the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark.
The Health Policy Commission’s (HPC’s) annual Cost Trend Report is an interesting, dense collection of facts and figures about the Massachusetts healthcare system. Within the 70-plus page 2018 report is a six-page section outlining 11 policy recommen
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates,
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week weighed in on the proposed Beth Israel Deaconess-Lahey merger.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package