Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'massachusetts'

Mass. Residents Gaming Health Insurance System (Surprise!)

Coming as a surprise to exactly no one that actually thought about the Massachusetts health reform effort when it was being debated: The number of people who appear to be gaming the state’s health insurance system by purchasing coverage only...

MA Eyes Health Plans

From the Boston Globe on boston.com: State officials said they sent letters to three health insurers earlier this year asking them to accept more intense oversight and supply additional data because of concerns about their financial health. One of the...

Coakley Report Dives Into Health Care Costs, Finds Wide Variations in Provider Payments

Boston.com covers a preliminary report issued by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley: Massachusetts insurance companies pay some hospitals and doctors twice as much money as others for essentially the same patient care, according to a preliminary report by Attorney General...

Study Criticizes Massachusetts Health Reform Model

At HCPro today: The single-payer healthcare system was once the reform flavor of the moment, but it has been largely pushed to the rear and replaced by talk of a public insurance option and individual mandate. Massachusetts' healthcare reform, which...

Mass. Insurers Undaunted by Opposition to Physician Rankings

Insurers in Massachusetts are pressing on with physician ranking programs despite staunch opposition from the Mass. Medical Society---which includes a lawsuit filed in opposition to the Group Insurance Commission's ranking program. From boston.com today: Health plans that rate doctors individually...

More on Mass. Primary Care Woes

An article today at boston.com provides more detail on the impact of universal coverage on primary care: About 80 percent of the new patients at Framingham Community Health Center are covered under Chapter 58, the state's new health insurance program,...

Mass. Docs Go to the Mat Over Rankings

From Boston.com: The Massachusetts Medical Society yesterday sought to derail a two-year-old plan under which physicians are ranked for cost and quality measures by health plans associated with the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that oversees health insurance for thousands...

Universal Coverage: Eye on Mass.

The L.A. Times Friday covered the maturing Massachusetts universal coverage program: BOSTON -- Two years after the state's landmark health law was signed, the cracks are starting to show. Costs are soaring and Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a dollar-a-pack hike...

Mass. Universal Coverage Overburdening Primary Care

Interesting article in today's New York Times focusing on the pressure that universal coverage has placed on the primary care delivery system in Massachusetts: Now in Massachusetts, in an unintended consequence of universal coverage, the imbalance is being exacerbated by...

Boston Mayor: "Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong"

The Mayor of Boston has launched a public campaign against in-store retail clinics. Menino blasted state regulators for paving the way Wednesday for the in-store clinics, which are designed to provide treatment for sore throats, poison ivy, and other minor...

FTC Likes Massachusetts Retail Clinic Regs

The US Federal Trade Commission released comments October 2nd on proposed regulations governing retail health clinics in Massachusetts. Here's a bit from the FTC's press release: The FTC staff comments state that such clinics might expand access to basic health...

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