Analyzing the public health and prevention components of Massachusetts 2012 cost-containment legislation

This grant supports the development of a white paper and a series of related documents that examine the implications of the various Massachusetts health care and payment-reform bills for financing public health and health-promotion efforts within the state. The paper will analyze the Massachusetts experience and identify lessons that may be beneficial to other public health officials and policymakers. Specifically, the white paper will examine: (1) the process that led up to passage in 2012 of Chapter 224--an act to improve the quality and health care and reduce costs--and its inclusion of prevention and public health components; (2) the process of implementing three central components of the bill and its potential for replicability, including the decision-making process regarding the distribution of funding from the state's Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund; (3) the strengthening of incentives for employers to promote wellness through tax reductions; (4) the consideration of prevention and population-health-oriented, quality-outcome measures to create financial incentives for clinicians to link their practices to public health efforts; and (5) other existing or proposed models for financing public health and wellness, with particular emphasis on statewide, countywide and citywide bases. Deliverables will include a five- to seven-page white paper and executive summary; action steps; and a case study for training purposes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $85,054.00

Awarded on: 4/1/2013

Time frame: 4/15/2013 - 11/14/2013

Grant Number: 70855


Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences

Stearns Building, Suite 503
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, 02115-1500


John Michael Auerbach
Project Director