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State Hosts Hearing on Health Care Cost Trends From COVID-19
02:15PM / Monday, October 19, 2020
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be available live on the HPC’s YouTube channel. The virtual event will focus on examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system and residents of the Commonwealth and discussing considerations for the future. More information on the hearing, including a registration link, program booklet, and full agenda, can be found here.

The hearing will feature pre-recorded remarks from Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, which will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing.
Dr. David R. Williams, a social scientist focused on social influences of health, will be the keynote speaker. He is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.
The hearing will feature a video presentation highlighting the voices of those throughout the Commonwealth who have been most impacted by the pandemic. The video will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing. 
The hearing will include two hour-long panels featuring health care leaders and clinicians with a range of perspectives and experiences on the impact of COVD-19.
Discussion Panel 1 - 10:15 AM
  • Dr. Damian Archer, Chief Medical Officer, North Shore Community Health Center
  • Dr. Thea James, Vice President of Mission & Associate Chief Medical Officer, Boston Medical Center
  • Dr. Steven Strongwater, President and CEO, Atrius Health
  • Ms. Deborah Wilson, President & CEO, Lawrence General Hospital
Discussion Panel 2 - 11:15 AM
  • Dr. Madeline Aviles-Hernandez, Outpatient Services Director, Gándara Center
  • Mr. Andrew Dreyfuss, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Shari Nethersole, Executive Director of Community Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Thomas Sequist, Chief Patient Experience and Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham


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