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MA Campaign for Better Health Care Kicks off at State House Today

January 14, 2010

BOSTON - We have health care reform in the Bay State - now it's time to make it better. That's the message from the Massachusetts Campaign for Better Health Care, which kicks off today. The effort is statewide, and the mission is to move on to the next phase of health care reform - with the goals of lower costs, more patient-focused care and better access.

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer is the executive director for Health Care for All, the Boston-based advocacy group that is spearheading the campaign. She says this second phase of reform should include a change in the way doctors are paid - which means that the current "fee for service" model needs to go.

"An opportunity that is vitally important for patients is to change the dynamic of how care is paid for, so that our providers are paid to keep us well and incentivized to keep us healthy."

She says the bottom line is that patients should have more time with their doctors, care should be better coordinated and waste is eliminated.

Dr. Bob Master is president and CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a group that has put patient-centered care into practice since 2003. He says that the best way to deliver better primary care is to make it a team effort.

"Nurse practitioners, nurses, community health workers and social workers become part of these primary care practices, to develop individualized care plans."

The Massachusetts Campaign for Better Health Care begins at noon today in Room 222 of the State House in Boston. More information is available at www.hcfma.org.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA