Bookmark This: New Mass. Site Will Track Health-Cost Law

Gov. Patrick moves from signing to implementing health care costs law (Jesse Costa/WBUR).

All over Massachusetts (and beyond), health policy wonks have spent the last month combing through the state’s new 349 page health care costs and quality law. I’ve seen a dozen different spreadsheets, flowcharts and timelines from people who are trying to figure out how this thing is going to work.

Today the state rolls out a website designed to be a clearinghouse for who is doing what, where, when and why.

“This website provides important information on the law’s implementation in a centralized location and will keep the public updated on the progress we’re making,” says Governor Deval Patrick in the press release announcing the site.

The info is thin so far.  Appointments to the most important board created by the law, the Health Policy Commission, are not expected for a few more weeks.  But this will be the place to track the work of all the boards, commissions, councils and task forces charged with holding down health care costs and improving the quality of care in Massachusetts.

There are a couple of “stakeholder meetings” coming right up.

I don’t see any place to post a comment or a question.  I know it’s early, but I hope this, and some great FAQs for patients and providers are on the “to do” list.  In the meantime, pose a question here and we’ll try to track down the answer.

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