Health Care

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Health panel finds higher payments justified for high-quality providers

IN MAY OF 2016, I was named co-chair of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, a 23-member group consisting of legislators, insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders. The commission spent the last six months tackling complex issues in health care, including the payer-provider contracting relationship, the impact of health care market forces, how transparency(...)

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Health panel finds some common ground

Health panel finds some common ground

Draft plan calls for rate floor for community hospitals

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SIX MONTHS OF SEEKING WAYS to address the variation in prices charged by Massachusetts medical providers, officials plan to recommend a host of solutions including a rate floor for lower-paid community hospitals, regulation of rate growth, and protections against out-of-network charges, according to a draft proposal. The recommendations are made(...)

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Panel badly split on health care pricing

Panel badly split on health care pricing

Sudders: 'This is not a Quaker consensus meeting'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DIFFERENCES AMONG MEMBERS of a 23-person commission examining health care pricing variations were on full display Tuesday on the 21st floor of One Ashburton Place. Commission members discussing potential recommendations quickly disagreed over whether hospital prices are low are not, comparatively speaking, and members made clear that uncertainty over the federal(...)

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A welcome boost for Boston Medical Center

A $25 million donation to Boston Medical Center has, in the words of the hospital’s CEO, Kate Walsh, brought “addiction medicine out of the philanthropic shadows.” The gift, from billionaire investor John Grayken and his wife, Eileen Grayken, will establish the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at BMC. It does indeed send a loud message about(...)

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Baker pushes health cost controls

Gov. Charlie Baker launched the beginning of what promises to be a very interesting debate about how to rein in the cost of health care in Massachusetts, releasing an internal planning document calling for assessments on employers who don’t offer their workers health insurance and caps on the rates health providers can charge for their(...)

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Baker pushes health cost controls

Baker pushes health cost controls

Plan includes employer assessments, rate caps

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE COMPANIES THAT DO NOT OFFER their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker plans to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal – the bulk(...)

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Baker letter to House on ACA

Baker letter to House on ACA

Cites shift from private to public insurance coverage

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Majority Leader United States House of Representatives H-107, U.S. Capitol Building Washington D.C., 20515   Leader McCarthy, Thank you for the opportunity to provide initial input on how to improve upon the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). For more than ten years,(...)

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Mass. health care costs moderating

Mass. health care costs moderating

But commission says not everyone benefits equally

THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION reported on Wednesday that health care is becoming more affordable, but not for everyone. As recently as 2009, Massachusetts spent more per person on health care than any other state in the nation. But in recent years the growth in health care spending has moderated, rising 2.4 percent in 2013,(...)

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