News & Publications

Current Publications (2013 & 2014)

  • Jean C. Sullivan and Rachel Gershon presented "The ACA's Medicaid Expansion:  Economic Impacts and Research Opportunities" at Boston University's School of Law on January 24, 2014 as part of an American Journal of Law and Medicine symposium.  The information on this presentation is forthcoming in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Volume 40.2&3.
  • Katharine London spoke with American Health Line about the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission's report on health cost trends.  London said the report can help health care providers and insurers identify areas of potential cost containment, both in Massachusetts and across the country.  "We know that 5 percent of patients consume 50 percent of health care costs, and that you want to focus on those patients by improving coordination and reducing duplication." she said in the January 15 article.  (January 2014)
  • An update report from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation on the Affordable Care Act assisted by Robert Seifert.  (January 2014) Re-forming Reform Part 2:  Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts
    Re-Forming Reform:  What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Mean for Massachusetts
      (June 2010)
  • The Basic Health Program Could Help More People Access Health Care, But Recent Challenges Have Emerged is an article that was co-authored by Rachel Gershon, Katharine London and Robert Seifert.  This article highlights the positive aspects of the Basic Health Program by discussing the opportunity, how the program works, what this program would mean for Connecticut, the recent challenges for the Basic Health Plan proponents, and what to look for next. (December 2013)
  • Julia Feldman and Amanda Littell-Clark were invited as speakers to present to the Massachusetts Bar Association on December 10, 2013.  Julia presented on "Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a Tool for State Health Care Reform."  Amanda presented on "Legal Privacy Issues in HIT:  All-Payer Claims Databases and State Health Information Exchanges."  (December 2013)
  • Katharine London, Robert Seifert, and Rachel Gershon presented "Basic Health Program Proposed Rules" to the CT Health Foundation and other stakeholders on November 14, 2013.  They provided an overview of the proposed federal regulations and discussed potential BHP options for Connecticut.  (November 2013)
  • Julia Feldman and Rachel Gershon authored this AHLA article, entitled "Accountable Care as a Health Reform Tool in Oregon and Massachusetts," which examines Massachusetts and Oregon's experiments to improve health care quality while containing costs.  Both states have established laws regarding accountable care entities. (October 2013)
  • Senior members of the CHLE Staff and consultants from Freedman Healthcare worked with the New Hampshire Insurance Department to analyze New Hampshire's current health insurance payment system, including factors that affect premium rates and health care costs.  This was achieved by interviewing representatives from insurers, providers, and employers, as well as analyzing data from three carriers regarding the payment methods and plan design.  New Hampshire's Health Insurance Market and Provider Payment System: An Analysis of Stakeholder Views  (July 2013)
  • Enrollment Volatility in MassHealth - This report, co-authored by Robert Seifert and Amanda Littell-Clark, summarizes recent efforts by the Massachusetts Medicaid program to address enrollment volatility. (April 2013)
  • New Churn Report:  Health Care For All Blog - This Blog highlights the report co-authored by Robert Seifert and Amanda Littell-Clark, Enrollment in Volatility and the Improvements in MassHealth.  This report highlights several challenges MassHealth can work on to improve enrollment volatility.  (April 2013)
  • LTCFAC Report in new AARP Study - A March 2013 AARP report on Home Community-Based Services in the 50 states referenced two documents that were co-authored by the State of Massachusetts and the Center for Health Law and Economics (CHLE): Long-term Supports in Massachusetts: A Profile of Service Users (April 2009) and Securing the Future (November 2010).
  • CHLE Staff have written a report on the impact of the new budget proposal on 37,500 low-income working parents in Connecticut.  Tighter eligibility requirements effective in 2014 will impact those currently insured under Medicaid (called HUSKY in Connecticut).  Higher out-of-pocket costs may prevent up to 11,000 parents from affording health insurance.  See Full Report.  (March 2013)
  • Katharine London, Michael Grenier, Robert Seifert, and Tom Friedman authored a report, Vermont Health Care Financing Plan Beginning Calendar Year 2017, together with Wakely Consulting Group.  This report develops models for a single payer health reform plan and a number of alternative scenarios for the Vermont Agency of Administration, and estimates health care coverage and costs under each. (January 2013)
  • Robert Seifert provides an update on the Affordable Care Act law with his analysis titled Health Reform Update and The Road Ahead, National Health Care Reform Post Election Update. (January 2013)

Publications (2012)

Commonwealth Medicine's Perspective in Health Care Speaker Series 2010 - 2013

Appointments

  • Stephanie Anthony and Robert Seifert were appointed to be members of the Federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight's Objective Review Committee for Cooperative Agreements to support Establishment of State-Operated Health Insurance Exchanges.  (July 2011)
  • Julia Feldman, J.D. and Principal Associate, was asked to chair the Organization and Governance Committee of the American Health Lawyers Association's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Task Force.  (December, 2010)


Past Publications (2007-2011)

Teachings/Tutorials

  • Robert Seifert moderated a panel at the 4th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Conference on navigating the ACA. (October 2013)
  • Jean Sullivan, CHLE Director, was a guest lecturer to PhD students presenting "Federal and State Health Care Reform Overview and Reflections" in Professor Anne Kane's Critical Health Policy Issues Seminar at the Graduate School of Nursing.  (April 2012)
  • Jean Sullivan, J.D., participated in a panel discussion entitled "The Changed Health Care Landscape States Now Face" at the National Lieutenant Governors Association Federal-States Relations Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Sullivan focused her portion of the discussion on ACOs, health exchanges and the challenge of uninsured populations, with or without ACA.  She also spoke on the looming challenge of long-term care costs and the increasing demand for services and supports to a population that will often have long periods of functional impairments at the end of life, which will require a new way of public financing and support.  This is particularly relevant in light of the demise of the CLASS Act and retreat of the Long-term Care insurance market.  (March 2012) 
  • Stephanie Anthony facilitated groups of third year medical students about key health policy issues in Health Policy and the Practice of Medicine Inter-clerkship at the Medical School. (January 2012)
  • Jean Sullivan presented as a Guest Lecturer to PhD students "Massachusetts Health Care Reform" in Professor Kane's Ph.D. Seminar in Health Policy, at the Graduate School of Nursing.  (March 2010)
  • NESCSO Tutorial, titled Introduction to Medicaid by Stephanie Anthony  External Link  (April 2009).
  • NESCSO Tutorial, titled Legal Framework for the Medicaid Program by Jean C. Sullivan External Link  (August 2008).

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