Danny Vazquez

2015 Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2015
Danny Vazquez
Graduate Degree: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona
Area of Interest: Health Care Finance Policy
Mentors: Renee Landers, Suffolk University Law School and Daniela Delgado, Harvard Medical School
Agency: Office of State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chair of Public Health Finance
Supervisor: Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chair of Public Health Finance and Sarah Sabshon, Chief of Staff
Project Description: During his summer on the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at the Office of Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Danny was heavily involved in the Working Group on Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MMCOs), which are the health insurance plans that MassHealth, the Massachusetts state Medicaid agency, contracts with. The MMCOs are responsible for the quality and cost of health care for their Medicaid population, and influence cost and quality by implementing a variety of “managed care” techniques to reduce overall health care costs and enhance coordination of care for medically complex patients. The Working Group on MMCOs was started to examine the success and impact of MMCOs on health care in Massachusetts and culminate in policy recommendations for the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing that will impact MMCOs as Massachusetts moves forward with health care payment reform. While on the Joint Committee for Health Care Financing, Danny conducted research on MMCOs; met and communicated with various stakeholders to learn more about the issues surrounding MMCOs from the health plan perspective, including MassHealth, MMCO health plan leaders, and MAHP; and also met and communicated with several research organizations, including CHIA, to obtain critical information necessary for the proper function of the Working Group on MMCOs. He synthesized the information from these and other sources to inform the Working Group’s discussion of MMCO issues, to inform the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing as they craft policy recommendations in September, and to suggest his own policy recommendations to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.