Over the past two weeks, the Division hosted open consultative sessions to discuss the reporting of total medical expenses, relative prices, and hospital finances. Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010 requires the Division to develop a standard way to calculate and collect these important items, which may prove to be critical components of price reform. The consultative sessions allowed the Division to share its work with the public and industry experts, and to seek comments prior to proposing regulations. We received valuable suggestions and had meaningful conversations at both of the sessions, which provided much fodder for thought as we continue to refine our proposals.
I would like to thank all the parties who participated in the consultative sessions. Your involvement is critical to our work and we at the Division appreciate the opportunity to learn from true industry experts. At this time, Division staff are reviewing written comments received from both sessions. We will take a hard look at your suggestions and concerns as we move forward in this process. Thank you again for your participation, and we look forward to your continued involvement as we plan for future sessions!
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