Governor’s Working Group for Health Care Innovation calls for creation of health policy office

ELIZABETH H. ROBERTS, the state's health and human services secretary, said she is grateful to the working group members for  developing the recommendations. / COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
ELIZABETH H. ROBERTS, the state's health and human services secretary, said she is grateful to the working group members for developing the recommendations. / COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
PROVIDENCE – The governor’s Working Group for Health Care Innovation is calling for a health policy office to be created to help coordinate health policy decisions affecting all Rhode Islanders. The group’s findings were released Tuesday, and are the result of nearly six months of public meetings. The new office would be located within the…

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Clearly Rhode Island does not need to add more layers of government to its already overburdened infrastructure.
    We have a “health exchange” and a Health and Human Services Department, and more, Isn’t that enough layers?
    If these functions need to be done, they should be within the existing framework.
    More layers of government will mean more cost, not less!
    The phantom pot of gold savings in health care are all being spent in admin and not improving direct patient services.

  2. I am a member of the Working Group. I believe the intent of the new office is to consolidate health policy decision making which is now spread over a number of departments within the state, making coherent strategy impossible. It should be able to be done with existing ( or minimal new) staff and could rationalize an important function now hopelessly fragmented.