Newsmaker: Tutty, Himmelstein on lessons learned from health reform

By Mark Shelton

UMass Medical School Communications

September 21, 2012
Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH
Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA

A new report co-authored by UMMS faculty and published by the National Academy of Social Insurance examines the work and lessons learned from "Early Innovator" and other advanced states as they gear up for the changes brought on by health care reform.

The report is highlighted in a Health Affairs blog post written by the report’s co-authors Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA, director of the Office of Health Policy and Technology, and Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, and principal investigator for the New England States Collaborative for Health Exchange Systems.

According to the report, one of the most challenging aspects for states working to implement health care reform is establishing the information technology infrastructure to promote access to and enrollment in health plans authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

"There are huge opportunities but also technological challenges for states as they implement the requirements of health care reform, including many that take effect in 2014," said Dr. Tutty. "We hope that by sharing the experiences of other states, particularly those that have been working on implementation the longest, we can bend the learning curve for policymakers and promote collaboration among those looking to prepare for and advance health care reform in their states."

Read the full Health Affairs blog: State Perspectives On Building Information Technology For Health Reform

Boston Business Journal: New Report Provides Guidance For States On Technology Infrastructure For Health Insurance Exchanges

Related link on UMassMedNow:

Early Innovator grant helps UMMS lead in health reform implementation

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