WHAT, NO RATIONING?
Massachusetts will try many ways to stem the growth in healthcare spending with a law that:
Sets targets tied to the state’s economic growth. Collects $225 million in surcharges from hospitals and payers. Creates a $135 million trust fund for distressed hospitals. Puts $60 million over four years toward prevention and public health. Commits $30 million to speed adoption of EHRs. Requires providers to report financial results, market shares, costs trends and quality measures. Requires Medicaid and other state health programs to adopt new payment models. Raises Medicaid pay rates for providers that transition to new payment models. Gives contracting preference on state health programs to certified ACOs. Calls for reviews of changes in quality, costs and competition; findings may trigger attorney general investigations.