February 16, 2015

New Report: Massachusetts Health Reform Legislation 2008-2012

OLR Report 2015-R-0006 briefly summarizes certain aspects of Massachusetts’ health reform legislation in recent years and briefly compares it to Connecticut law.

The report looks at Massachusetts’ legislation enacting comprehensive health reform in 2006 as well as changes to a variety of health care topics in 2008, 2010, and 2012. The report focuses on major provisions affecting:

1. price transparency;
2. electronic health records and information sharing among providers;
3. administrative efficiencies (such as uniform billing and coding requirements);
4. insurance product and contracting reforms;
5. oversight and regulation of provider mergers and consolidation;
6. certification of accountable care organizations;
7. state agencies involved in overseeing and implementing these provisions; and
8. state investments in these areas such as investments in community hospitals and other small providers, state support for e-health implementation, workforce investments, and tax credits.

Click here to read the report.