When it comes to health reform, many in our state are on a mission to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve both near-universal coverage and affordable high quality care.
While the rest of the nation holds its collective breath as it awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on national health reform, Massachusetts is moving forward aggressively into the next phase.
Maybe it’s because we took the first steps early — in 2006 — and we have known for those six years that we would have to tackle the cost of health care eventually. Two rounds of legislation that received far less attention than “RomneyCare” prompted greater transparency about the cost of care in our state and developed a vision of moving away from fee-for-service payment to alternative payment methods.
With a real understanding of the challenges we face, Massachusetts health care organizations large and small have begun to take real action to find new ways to deliver better coordinated care while working hard to hold costs in check.
We may not all be of the same mind about how to get there, but there are a number of models being explored to truly provide more coordinated care while reducing costs. Both providers and insurers are taking hard steps toward the goal of bringing costs to a more manageable and realistic level, where they don’t threaten to devour our state budget, leaving little money for other priorities like education or rebuilding much-needed infrastructure.
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