Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Massachusetts may cap per-patient costs with "accountable care organizations"

Massachusetts looks at global payments for providers, hospitals

Massachusetts once again is considering a plan to change how hospitals and providers are paid, moving away from fee-for-service and toward global provider payments. The state hopes to have a proposal ready for lawmakers by January that would require provider groups to create "accountable care organizations" that coordinate patient care and cap per-patient spending so as to cut down on the number of unneeded tests. The Boston Globe


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