health care costs

Mass. health care spending up 3.9%

Mass. health care spending up 3.9%

MassHealth and pharmaceutical costs drive increase above benchmark

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Spending on health care in Massachusetts rose to $57.2 billion in 2015, growing more slowly than in 2014 but for the second straight year outpacing the benchmark set under a 2012 cost containment law, according to a new state report. The 3.9 percent growth in total health care spending, estimated in(...)

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Health care cost transparency no panacea

It has been an article of faith among many of those concerned about soaring health care costs, including Gov. Charlie Baker: Pull back the covers on the costs of health care procedures and services and the invisible hand of consumers making smart choices will drive sense and efficiency into a dysfunctional and costly market. That(...)

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Partners at center of health care cost conundrums

On the one hand, countless studies suggest high-priced hospitals in Massachusetts offer care in most cases that is no different from what is available at a much lower cost at community hospitals. On the other hand, no one seems to believe it. The Boston Globe reported last week that Neighborhood Health Plan had signed a(...)

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Health care pricing regulation gains backing

Slowly but surely the case is being made for some form of state intervention in health care pricing. Attorney General Maura Healey broached the idea in October during a series of hearings hosted by the state’s Health Policy Commission on health care cost trends. She noted that big disparities in prices paid to some health(...)

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Baker slashes $50M in spending

Baker slashes $50M in spending

Cuts part of $320 million budget fix

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday slashed nearly $50 million from the state budget to partially close what his administration identified as a $320 million gap between projected spending and revenues through end of the fiscal year. The emergency budget cuts, which come almost exactly at the half-way point in the fiscal(...)

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Healey: “Stronger interventions” may be needed

Healey: “Stronger interventions” may be needed

Attorney general says health care cost containment efforts falling short

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY says big disparities in prices paid to health care providers continue to hamper efforts to control health care costs, a situation that might call for more muscular efforts on the part of regulators. Healey made the comments as part of the keynote address at Tuesday’s second day of hearings on cost(...)

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