Massachusetts is in the midst of a demographic shift that will leave the state with unprecedented ethnic, racial and cultural diversity. In light of this change, health care services in the Commonwealth need to respond to and serve an increasingly multicultural population. The time is now for bold initiatives to reduce behavioral health and health service… (More)
This issue brief outlines five strategies for improving the quality of treatment in Massachusetts: (1) Engaging detoxification clients in a broader continuum of treatment, (2) Improving retention in treatment, (3) Providing client/family-centered services, (4) Increasing the use of evidence-based treatment approaches, and (5) Supporting recovery to address… (More)
A complex mix of government regulation and market competition characterizes the economics of prescription drug pricing. This paper provides background information necessary to understand this dynamic and evaluate potential change. It examines prescription drug price trends over time. Increasing growth is attributed to development and marketing of new… (More)
On November 30, 2010, the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum will convene a forum to examine models of accountable health care delivery. The forum will showcase organizations from Massachusetts and other states that have taken significant steps toward improving the efficiency and quality of health care delivery through vertically and virtually integrated… (More)
Executive Summary Oral health is often considered separate from overall health. However, dental disease is associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Furthermore, pain due to tooth decay can result in lost work productivity and missed school days. Major oral health conditions include tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancers, and cleft lip and cleft… (More)
" The knowledgeable health reporter for the Boston Globe, Betsy Lehman, died from an overdose during chemotherapy. " So begins the Executive Summary of a 1999 Institute of Medicine Report, " To Err is Human " that raised the problem of medical errors onto the national consciousness. The IOM report catalyzed a flurry of activity among health care providers,… (More)
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