For payment reform, lessons from the Massachusetts experience

From Health Affairs:

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, the Massachusetts example remains instructive. A new analysis, published today in Health Affairs as a Web First, looks at the health care cost control bill passed by the state legislature at the end of its current session and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick last month. This is the state’s third law to address health spending since Massachusetts’s health insurance coverage was signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney. The authors say that although the 2012 bill lacks mechanisms to enforce new spending goals, they contend that it does create a framework for increased regulation should spending trends fail to moderate.

The New Era Of Payment Reform, Spending Targets, And Cost Containment In Massachusetts: Early Lessons For The Nation, By Robert E. Mechanic, Stuart H. Altman, and John E. McDonough

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