The Health Policy Commission (HPC) was established in 2012 through the Commonwealth’s landmark health care cost containment law, Chapter 224: “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation.” We are an independent state agency responsible for reducing overall cost growth, improving access to quality, accountable care and reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in Massachusetts.
The Governor, Attorney General and State Auditor have appointed an 11-member board made up of public and private sector leaders with diverse areas of expertise to govern the HPC. Our Executive Director and staff are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency.
To fulfill the HPC’s mission of ensuring lower costs and better, more efficient and innovative care, the commission has established four committees made up of five commissioners each. The committees will focus on the following areas: cost trends and market performance; quality improvement and patient protection; care delivery and payment system reform; and community health care investment and consumer involvement.
Massachusetts leads the nation in coverage thanks to our 2006 health care reform law. Now, thanks to Chapter 224, we are well-positioned to become a national leader in developing policies that promote affordable, quality care. The HPC will work alongside the coalition who made the passage of Chapter 224 possible. We understand that high health care costs slow our economic growth, and hurt working families and small businesses – the backbone of our economy. We also believe that health care is a public good, and that it is imperative to find ways to deliver the quality care everyone needs as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The HPC looks forward to implementing this vision and making the promise of Chapter 224 a reality for the Commonwealth’s residents.