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January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Daniel Tsai tapped to run MassHealth
This week, MA Governor Charlie Baker announced his selection of Daniel Tsai to run MassHealth. Rather than serving as Director of MassHealth, Baker elevated the position to Assistant Secretary for MassHealth. According to a press release from Baker’s office, “This change in designation will allow for enhanced coordination between MassHealth and other state agencies and empower policy, payment and service reforms needed to benefit members and the Commonwealth.” Tsai will report to new Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. At present, Tsai is a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice.

New MA AG to focus on drug abuse
Upon taking office this week, Attorney General Maura Healey vowed to make the fight against heroin and prescription drug abuse in Massachusetts a priority. Healey says she will set up a task force on opiate and prescription drug abuse, expand the Prescription Monitoring Program, strengthen efforts to detect misuse of prescription drugs, and create educational programs.

As reported in Dually Noted, opiate abuse was declared a public health crisis in 2014 by then-governor Deval Patrick, and Commonwealth Care Alliance has sponsored training to help clinicians and others detect and address drug abuse.

Health Care for All lists legislative priorities
On Health Care for All’s “A Healthy Blog,” the organization presents its legislative agenda for the coming year. Among their proposals, HCFA calls for the restoration of MassHealth dental benefits, reducing out-of-pocket costs, and creating a new integrated Division of Health Insurance under EOHHS.

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