In this series we examine the complex health care landscape in Massachusetts and provide our take on a lasting, effective way forward for patients, providers, and health care professionals alike
Three Takeaways from the Price Variation Commission Process
Today, the Commonwealth’s Provider Price Variation Commission will assemble for the last time. The group has made tremendous progress examining many important issues in Massachusetts health care and has done an important job brining disparate points of view together toward a shared goal of strengthening our delivery system.
Health Care Costs Facts to Consider: Recent Cost Trends and Whether Boston Hospitals Get Paid More Than in Other Cities
Over the course of the past week, a number of health care cost proposals have been put on the table, which would cap or, in some cases, cut prices paid to Massachusetts hospitals.
Health Care Brands and the Patient Experience
Over the course of the past several months the state’s Price Variation Commission has examined the many factors that contribute to differences in hospital prices. The group agrees that there are many factors that warrant variation in hospital pricing. For example, hospitals that care for sicker patients deserve higher levels of reimbursement.
Health Care Costs and the Cost of Living
In this space, we often discuss the cost of health care in Massachusetts relative to the state’s cost of living.
Facts about Employee Health Care Costs in Massachusetts
In 2014, the median household income in the US was just over $53,000. In Massachusetts it was $63,000, and in Boston almost $76,000. That means Bostonians earned 41% more and Massachusetts residents 18% more than the national average.
Price Variation and Research: 3 Facts to Consider
As the state’s Price Variation Commission continues its examination of the many factors that can lead to variation among hospital prices, one essential teaching hospital function must be considered: research.
Partners Weighs In On Soaring Drug Prices
No one can deny the important role that pharmaceuticals play in today’s health care system and in the lives of patients every day. In Massachusetts, we also know the significant contribution that the pharmaceutical and medical device industries make to our economic growth. However, such progress is not without costs.
When Discussing the Market, Focus on the Facts
Much has been made of “unwarranted price variation” among health care providers in Massachusetts. Market dominance is often cited as the reason a business can negotiate higher prices. So, what’s the share for some of the Commonwealth’s major health care players within their relevant marketplace?
What Good Health Care Looks Like
Massachusetts policymakers can rightly be proud that a once-pressing health care problem, a lack of health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of people, has been virtually eliminated.
Price Variation in Health Care: Three Things to Consider
This week, the state turns its eye toward the complex issue of price variation. A diverse group of stakeholders has been appointed to examine the issue and debate what -- if any -- changes need to be made in the way that different health care providers get paid for the services they provide.
Encouraging News on Health Care Costs in Massachusetts
This week, a new state report offered encouraging news on health care spending growth in Massachusetts. Growth in health care expenditures rose by about 3.9% last year, marking the third consecutive year cost growth in Massachusetts has been below 5%.