For the last eight years, Massachusetts has been at the forefront on issues of access, affordability and quality. From the passage of the state’s landmark Health Care Reform Law in 2006 to the 2012 Payment Reform Law, the Commonwealth has been rigorously pursuing measures to curb health care costs, most notably a first-in-the-nation health care cost benchmark tied to the gross state product.
The conference will look at the challenges in containing costs, both nationally and in Massachusetts, including how the state and the marketplace are proceeding in meeting the Commonwealth’s health care cost benchmark, and what impact current approaches, such as accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, will have on improving the cost and quality of health care. Additionally, the conference will examine the current trends in increasing provider consolidation, the impact on care delivery and cost containment, and potential approaches for ensuring a competitive marketplace. The program will conclude with a panel discussion on the 2014 elections including what impact they may have on the political discourse in Washington, their influence on the economy, the key issues that the health care sector will need to consider, and what Decision 2014 will mean for the 2016 elections.
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