Posted on April 9, 2013
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission recently named representatives of nine NEHI member organizations to their Advisory Council. The Council will help guide the Commission’s implementation of the state’s health care cost containment law and develop policies that reduce overall costs while improving the quality of care for patients. Below is the full press release from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s website, with NEHI member representatives in bold.
Diverse Group Of Health Care Leaders Named To Health Policy Commission Advisory Council
Council will advance implementation of health care cost containment law, HPC’s work to lower cost growth, improve quality of care
BOSTON – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – Health Policy Commission Executive Director David Seltz today announced the members of the Health Policy Commission (HPC) Advisory Council, bringing together a wide range of health care leaders to guide the HPC’s implementation of the state’s landmark health care cost containment law. The Council consists of representatives from across the health care field, including providers, payers, consumer and patient advocacy, business, labor, education and innovation. Set to hold its first public meeting on March 26th, the Council will help the HPC achieve its top priority: developing policies that reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.
“This is an impressive group that promises to enrich the HPC’s work,” said Executive Director Seltz. “They are part of the coalition that made the first chapter of Massachusetts health care reform such a resounding success and the passage of our nation-leading cost containment law possible. Each member will bring a different and important perspective to our work to implement Chapter 224. I am grateful for their willingness to serve.”
Chapter 224, “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation” requires the HPC Executive Director to establish the Advisory Council and designate members with diverse perspectives on the health care system to two-year terms. The Council will advance Chapter 224 implementation by advising on the HPC’s overall operations and policies, providing feedback on a grant program to support new system delivery and payment reform methods, and encouraging public and stakeholder engagement in the HPC’s work.
The Advisory Council includes the following members from across the state:
The HPC is the new independent state agency that monitors health care delivery and payment systems reforms and develops policies to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care. To learn more, please visit www.mass.gov/hpc or follow us on Twitter @Mass_HPC.