Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, digital health and health care are significant and frequent topics of policy conversations. This page contains articles, announcements and reports that present information on policy recommendations, legislative briefs, and funding announcements. The following are healthcare policy organizations that are additional resources for current policy updates and details:

Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)
Health Policy Commission (HPC)
Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI)
MassHealth 

MA Attorney General Annual Reports on Health Care Cost Trends and Cost Drivers

The Health Care Division of the Office of the Attorney General works to promote public health and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system. Each year, pursuant to M.G.L. c.

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Health Policy Commission Annual Cost Trends Reports

The HPC’s annual cost trends reports present an overview of trends in healthcare spending and delivery in Massachusetts, describe in-depth analyses of utilization of care, spending by provider organization, and prices of care in Massachusetts, and make policy recommendations for strategies to inc

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BCBS Foundation: Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Massachusetts: Obstacles and Potential Solutions

This report provides a review of the primary Massachusetts and federal privacy laws relevant to the exchange of information among physical and behavioral health providers and an assessment of technological and operational challenges faced by providers seeking to integrate care through enhanced data exchange. 

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CHIA Annual Reports on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System

Each year, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 12C, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) examines the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system and reports on trends in coverage, cost, and quality indicators to inform policymaking.

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AGO Cost Trends Report 2018- Examination of Cost Trends and Cost Drivers

This is the Office of the Attorney General’s (“AGO”) 2019 report of its examination1 of health care cost trends conducted pursuant to Section 17 of Chapter 12C of the Massachusetts General Laws. 

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NEHI Policy Brief- Addressing Data and Information Gaps Contributing to Opiod Use Disorder (2018)

This publication identifies and suggests solutions to information gaps regarding opioid alternatives to pain relief, appropriate opioid use, and available resources to address opioid use disorders. Recommendations include: consistent state-based databases/prescription drug monitoring programs, guidance for clinicians on appropriate prescriptions, and improved safety and security of prescriptions.

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2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative presents the "2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study." Sponsored by MeHI and conducted by the respected health industry research firm Market Decisions LLC, this study is designed to provide

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2012 Massachusetts EHR Landscape Assessment

Many organizations worked closely together to reach out to providers and to gather input and information regarding the EHR vendor landscape in 2012. The overarching goal for this project was to determine where the Last Mile Management Office (LMMO) can have the greatest impact interfacing the statewide HIE services with the Commonwealth’s providers and provider organizations.

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