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Massachusetts insurers experienced shaky 2014

It was a tough 2014 for three of Massachusetts' largest insurers.

Alternative quality care contracts can be 'backbone' for payment reform

The alternative quality care contract that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has had in place since 2009 could serve as a payment reform "backbone" for other insurers as they increasingly reward quality, efficient care, according to a new report from Avalere Health.

Massachusetts Blues CEO touts bipartisan path to control costs

The CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts remains convinced the healthcare industry can rein in costs in a way that pleases both political parties, The Boston Globe reported.

BCBSMA shares recipe for global payments success

FierceHealthPayer spoke with BCBSMA Senior Vice President of Performance Measurement and Improvement Dana Gelb Safran to find out how the insurer continues to use global payments to cut medical costs and improve patient care.

States tackle spiraling drug costs

Through a precertification program launched in 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts reduced prescriptions for opioids such as Percocet by 20 percent and halved the prescription volume for longer-lasting painkillers such as OxyContin, The Boston Globe reported.

Provider prices drive up healthcare costs

Massachusetts has had the highest per capita health spending for more than a decade, and a new comprehensive report shows provider pricing has driven this disproportionate increase in costs.

Massachusetts insurers warn costs will rise up to 8%

Insurers operating in Massachusetts recently warned businesses that their costs will likely increase between 5 percent and 8 percent this year.

New Massachusetts law requires insurers to provide prices to members

Under a first-of-its-kind law implemented in Massachusetts in October, insurers must give consumers prices for certain services within two working days so consumers can comparison shop for medical procedures

Can insurers really achieve better care at lower costs?

There's no mistaking the fact that healthcare costs continue to rise regardless of whether quality of care improves. So the Commonwealth Fund examines if it's possible to get better care at lower costs, analyzing several payment reform initiatives already underway.

ACO investments result in savings beyond contract

When a medical group enters into an accountable care organization (ACO)-related contract with a payer, the benefits reach beyond just the patients covered by the ACO, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.