Health Insurance MGL Ch. 224

Insurance issues related to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 224.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is holding its 2019 Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22 and 23.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released its annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system.
The State Senate begins debate tomorrow on the Senate Ways & Means proposed state budget for FY2020 and the 1,100-plus amendments to it that have been filed.
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last week voted to set the statewide healthcare cost growth benchmark for calendar year 2020 at 3.1%.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released hospital-specific readmission profiles for each acute care hospital in the state.
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
As the Massachusetts House and Senate begin to construct their FY2020 budget proposals, MHA, in consultation with its members, is calling attention to a series of priorities.
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates,
In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
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The HPC has released its final report on the proposed large merger of hospitals and physician practices that would be known as Beth Israel Lahey Health.
The state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis released its latest annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system – and the picture it paints is a positive one.
The legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.
The Health Policy Commission has weighed in on another hospital/health system merger.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver request that had been filed last September.
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has launched CompareCare.

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