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Massachusetts Health Quality Partners Awarded Consulting Contract for State Quality and Cost Reporting Initiative
Date:6/2/2009

Combined Expertise to Support State Quality and Cost Council Public Reporting Mandate

BOSTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP), a local non-profit health care quality collaborative, has been awarded the contract to provide health care data analytic consulting services to the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council (QCC). The core work of the contract has begun and includes developing a plan for the reporting of comparative health care quality and cost information on the QCC website, www.mass.gov/myhealthcareoptions, launched in December 2008.

As analytic consultant, MHQP will guide QCC and the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy in the selection, calculation, reporting, and presentation of clinical quality and cost measures on the QCC website. MHQP is working with Milliman, Inc., a global actuarial and consulting firm, for their expertise with cost measures. MHQP and Milliman will propose quality and cost measures which provide the most current, reliable, and useful information for consumers, including those endorsed by national agencies such as the National Quality Forum. MHQP will also explore measures regarding possible racial and ethnic disparities in receiving care.

"MHQP's expertise in collecting, aggregating and reporting on healthcare quality performance and our understanding of the Massachusetts health care market, coupled with Milliman's health care cost and actuarial experience, makes a very strong team," says Barbra Rabson, MHQP executive director. "We are very pleased to be sharing our expertise with the state's Health Care Quality and Cost Council."

Since the start of the contract in February, MHQP and Milliman have assessed the QCC website's content and submitted a report with recommendations for enhancing the usability
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