Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA)
Launches Public Outreach Campaign on Healthcare Payment Reform
Setting the record straight on hospitals'
concerns and vision for success
Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) has
launched a public outreach campaign to highlight
hospitals' key positions on healthcare payment reform. In the
face of increasing misperception that hospitals are
the primary driver for rising healthcare
costs, MHA's effort sets the record straight and brings hospitals'
message to a broader audience.
"Massachusetts hospitals and other healthcare providers
are being mislabeled as the “reason” for escalating
healthcare costs - and that's simply not true," said MHA President and
CEO, Lynn Nicholas. "Hospitals are committed to being part of the
cost solution, but we cannot do it all, and we cannot do it alone.
Everyone involved — caregivers, insurers, businesses, consumers,
legislators, and government — must share and contribute to making
healthcare payment reform work."
MHA believes the following five shared changes must
occur in Massachusetts to achieve successful healthcare payment
- All stakeholders must
recognize that hospitals already have reduced costs
- Insurance companies
should stop playing doctor
- Government must close the underpayment gap for public
- Everyone must
understand that hospitals are major employers as well as community
- Together we must
develop a payment system that makes sense.
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