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December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week
Why MassHealth matters
Earlier this month, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation released a report on the future of MassHealth Called MassHealth Matters: Priorities for the New Administration, the report puts forth recommendations for Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s administration designed “to ensure the long-term strength and stability of the MassHealth program.” Recommendations include reforming the delivery of behavioral health and long-term care, investing in infrastructure, and consolidating the program’s leadership.
Posted online along with the report, you can find an infographic on the MassHealth program and MassHealth Matters, a video about the program featuring a testimonial from Commonwealth Care Alliance member Edna Jones-Stroud.
End-of-life counseling now required in MA
Massachusetts requires health care providers, along with hospitals and nursing homes, to offer end-of-life counseling to terminally ill patients. Under the new law – believed to be the first of its kind in America – patients deemed to be in their last six months of life are identified and asked if they want to discuss their options for continuing or ending treatment. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has posted a sample guide to help with these sensitive discussions.
International senior study finds US lacking
A Commonwealth Fund survey found troubling signs for US seniors. A comparison of 11 countries, the study revealed that American adults were sicker, had more problems paying medical bills, and had more difficulty getting needed health services than their counterparts abroad. However, the study found that American seniors ranked high in “having a care plan for chronic illness, and planning for end-of-life care.”