There’s a new agency on the block, and its task is to transform health care regulation in the Commonwealth. The Health Policy Commission (“HPC”) was created by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. The HPC is an independent agency, nominally housed within the Executive Office of Administration and Finance. It is governed by an 11-member Board, consisting of the Secretary of Administration and Finance and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, each ex officio, and three members appointed respectively by the Governor, the Attorney General and the Auditor. The Board has a diverse membership of doctors, health economists, business representatives, and others. It is chaired by Dr. Stuart Altman, Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University and a member of the Board of Tufts-New England Medical Center. David Seltz, a veteran Beacon Hill staffer and health care advisor to Governor Patrick, was appointed the HPC’s Executive Director.
Chapter 224, codified in relevant part at G. L. c. 6D, §§ 1-18, available here https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleII/Chapter6D, provides the HPC with significant authority, including:
The HPC has been meeting monthly, as have its four subcommittees:
The next HPC meeting is June 19, at One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston, MA. More information can be found at the HPC’s website, www.mass.gov/hpc, or its twitter feed, @Mass_HPC.
-Jesse Harlan Alderman and Pat Cerundolo