Section 56: Encourages Administrative and Reporting Simplification Through All-Payer Database

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of health and human services shall convene an administrative simplification working group consisting of the following members: the secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation or the secretary's designee, the commissioner of health care finance and policy or the commissioner's designee, the commissioner of public health or the commissioner's designee, the commissioner of insurance or the commissioner's designee, the commissioner of revenue or the commissioner's designee, the director of the office of Medicaid or the director's designee, the attorney general or the attorney general's designee, the inspector general or the inspector general's designee, a representative of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, a representative of an association of health care providers licensed under chapter 112 who is not a medical doctor, a representative of the Health Care Quality and Cost Council, a representative of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Inc., a representative of BC/BS of Massachusetts, a representative of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, a representative of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the executive director of the commonwealth health insurance connector authority or the executive director's designee. The group shall identify ways to streamline state created or mandated administrative requirements in health care, including ways to reduce health care reporting requirements through maximizing the use of a single all-payer data base, as administered by the division of health care finance and policy. The group shall hold its first meeting not later than January 1, 2011 and shall issue a report on or before April 1, 2011. The report shall include specific steps to be taken by each agency and the agencies collectively to reduce administrative and filing requirements on health carriers and health care providers, which shall include, but not be limited to, an interagency agreement to use where necessary, the all-payer claims data base, and to streamline and coordinate all requests for all other data requests from health care providers and health plans in the commonwealth.

Summary: 
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to organize a working group consisting of many state agencies and health care community stakeholders to identify ways to streamline health care administration requirements and reduce reporting requirements through the use of a single all-payer database.

The group must issue a report to the legislature by April 1, 2011 identifying steps each agency will take to collectively simplify administrative and reporting requirements.