Post Content


Government Affairs ForumThis morning, in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Governor Patrick laid out his plan to work in partnership with the health care community to bring down health care costs for consumers. His plan will help caregivers find innovative, lower cost ways to deliver better care.

 

Massachusetts is already a bold leader in health care and this new proposal is the next phase in Massachusetts’ health care reform. Here are the main provisions of the new legislation:

  • The bill encourages the market to move away from the current model of health care – which pays for quantity of care, not quality – toward a system that integrates care and rewards healthier outcomes.
  • It achieves this goal in large part by encouraging the growth of integrated care organizations that support innovation and brings down costs by promoting health, not just dealing with chronic emergencies.
  • Many private groups are already moving toward this model. State government will help them along the way by providing guidelines, incentives and metrics for innovation.
  • The bill also reauthorizes the Commissioner of Insurance to reject excessive health care premium increases, though the bill allows the Commissioner to consider a number of criteria related to progress on payment reform while making his decision.

For more information: 

 

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013 posted on Nov 13

I was in the 3rd grade when my parents told me that I was losing my eye sight. I remember feeling relieved that the reason I was struggling in school was because of this thing called Stargardt’s Disease; and not because I was not smart.   …Continue Reading Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013

Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013 posted on Nov 13

As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of   …Continue Reading Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013

Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC posted on Oct 4

Education and youth homelessness are two of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council’s initiatives. Throughout the month of August, the GSYC decided to hold ‘Back to School’ drives to collect school supplies for homeless youth. This project allowed the GSYC to make progress on both issues   …Continue Reading Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC