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Where are Massachusetts and National Health Care Reform Going?

March 6, 2012

The Massachusetts Health Care Law and National Health Care Reform: Innovations in Payment and Health Care Delivery

Can Massachusetts control health costs while still providing near universal access?
Regis College panel free and open to the public

Nearly six years ago, Massachusetts passed a law to provide universal health coverage to state residents. By the end of 2010, nearly 98 percent had health insurance, and the Massachusetts approach became a model for the nation. With accessibility increased came the need for new cost controls.

The 2010 federal health law, which won’t be fully implemented until 2014, also envisioned providing affordable health insurance for all US citizens. Since inception, the law has spurred controversy, and some presidential candidates have pledged to repeal it. Panelists will discuss the impact of state and federal laws on providers, health care professionals and the public.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a Massachusetts Health Reform Update on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge in Alumnae Hall.

Join moderator Mary Jane England, MD, Visiting Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, and expert presenters as they discuss innovative delivery models of care and the workings of the Center for Medicare/Medicaid. The panel will explore payment models such as Global Payment Arrangement and Bundle Payments and the impact of changes on clients, care providers and insurers.


  • David Blumenthal MD, MPP, Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer, Partners Health Care System
  • Christie L. Hager, JD, MPH, Regional Director of Region I, of the US Department of Health and Human Services
  • David A. Morales, AB, Vice President for Public Policy and Planning, Steward Health
  • Glen Shor, JD, Executive Director Commonwealth Connector Authority

The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. The second spring 2012 event will be held on April 25 and will explore cardiac treatment for women and men.

The panels are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each event is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours. Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses, Inc., is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, biomedical science, heritage for a global society, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707

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