Health Care

Commission hears worries on health cost trends

Commission hears worries on health cost trends

Some key indicators trending in the wrong direction

STUART ALTMAN, the chair of the Health Policy Commission, summed up two days of hearings on cost trends in the state’s health care market by highlighting what was and what was not said. Altman said Massachusetts has had some success in slowing the growth in health care spending and the state is no longer the(...)

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DeLeo, Rosenberg on same health care page

DeLeo, Rosenberg on same health care page

Speaker calls pace of MassHealth spending unsustainable

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO signaled on Tuesday that he and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg are on the same page when it comes to passing health care reform legislation. Rosenberg told the Health Policy Commission on Monday that spending on MassHealth was rising way too fast and crowding out other funding needs. DeLeo told the commission(...)

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Hospital care shifting to high-cost medical centers

Hospital care shifting to high-cost medical centers

‘Troubling’ trends following mergers have health commission worried

HOSPITAL ACQUISITIONS BY large Massachusetts provider networks are leading to more patients receiving care in higher-cost teaching hospitals and fewer patients being cared for in community hospitals, according to data presented Monday afternoon by the state Health Policy Commission. The trends are moving in the opposite direction of what health policy leaders have long declared(...)

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Senate to unveil Medicaid legislation

Senate to unveil Medicaid legislation

Rosenberg says bill will include Baker, commission proposals

THE SENATE IS PREPARING to unveil legislation designed to pare back the cost of health care and MassHealth by cobbling together ideas put forth by Gov. Charlie Baker, a commission on hospital price variation, and a Senate research study. At a cost trends hearing on Monday hosted by the Health Policy Commission, Senate President Stanley(...)

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Time to get serious about health care cost control

Time to get serious about health care cost control

We got a reprieve from DC. Let’s not squander it.

THIS SUMMER, MASSACHUSETTS and the nation dodged a bullet when the Senate failed by one vote to repeal but not actually replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Had it passed, Massachusetts could have lost billions of federal Medicaid dollars. This week, we avoided another disaster as Senate Republicans threw in the towel (at least as(...)

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Graham-Cassidy would be devastating for Mass.

Graham-Cassidy would be devastating for Mass.

Bill would gut CarePlus, which serves 300,000 residents

CHUCK IS A 58-YEAR-OLD MALE  with multiple chronic physical and mental health conditions, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and depression. On top of his urgent medical needs – for which he frequently visits emergency services – he is chronically homeless. Chuck is a real person, one of nearly 2 million Massachusetts residents whose(...)

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Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Baker’s health care advice to Congress

Governor backs bipartisanship, cost sharing, insurance mandate

The following is a transcript of Gov. Charlie Baker’s prepared testimony on Thursday before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY to provide testimony before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market. Thank you for your willingness(...)

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Drowning out health care

Amid the chaos that passes for leadership in Washington these days, the fate of health care for millions of people, including in Massachusetts, hangs in the balance as President Trump continues to threaten to withhold subsidies that are the lifeblood for many. Trump’s threats are roiling even the most stable markets such as in the Bay(...)

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Lawmakers reject Baker’s MassHealth cuts

Lawmakers reject Baker’s MassHealth cuts

Legislature says it will come up with a Medicaid savings plan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS, insisting they needed more time to consider strategies to control cost growth in MassHealth and the broader health care system, turned aside Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed Medicaid reforms on Wednesday as they worked to return to him a $200 million assessment on employers needed to balance the(...)

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House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

Administration officials find tough going at legislative hearing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BAKER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get on board with reforms to rein in costs at MassHealth, but the House is poised on Wednesday to create a showdown with the governor by sending him back a $200 million package of new employer assessments and unemployment insurance rate relief without(...)

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