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Massachusetts healthcare struggles with rising costs

Massachusetts, which introduced Affordable Care Act-like reforms a decade ago, has struggled with cost increases, although market dynamics rather than the law itself are apparently the main driver, according to a new report issued by state Attorney General Maura Healey.

Financial turnaround: Most hospitals acquired by Steward Health now in the black

The Boston-based Steward Health Care System has been criticized for some of its aggressive acquisition practices, but nevertheless has demonstrated success with financial turnarounds.

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts spiral upward

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts are beginning to spiral upward, according to a new report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

Massachusetts health costs rise almost 5%, report finds

Insurers operating in Massachusetts, a closely watched state for its plan to lower costs and provide healthcare for all residents, haven't successfully saved money yet--though they have boosted alternative payments to providers.

Good luck getting specialty provider prices in Massachusetts

Despite enacting a groundbreaking law on healthcare price transparency, it remains difficult to actually obtain prices from Massachusetts providers, according to a second study this year by the Pioneer Institute, which surveyed the offices of more than 90 specialty providers such as gastroenterologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists and dentists.

Massachusetts bill would create first-in-nation cap on drug prices

Insurers' efforts to limit rising drug costs are coming to a head in Massachusetts, where state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would create a first-in-the-nation cap on some prices.

Massachusetts insurers need to beef up price transparency efforts

The three biggest insurers in Massachusetts--Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim and Tufts Health Plan--should all improve their price transparency efforts required under state law, according to an evaluation from advocacy group Health Care for All.

Risk-sharing payments could affect future insurer mergers

Data on risk adjustment and reinsurance payments to insurers could play into future acquisitions, including any proposed deal for Humana.

Massachusetts hospitals fail to comply with price transparency law

Massachusetts leaped onto the leading edge of price transparency when it passed one of the first laws in the nation requiring providers to furnish true prices to consumers. More than a year later and many patients are still having trouble obtaining clear and timely price estimates from providers in the Bay State.

All-payer data finds mixed results on readmissions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts' efforts to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions yielded mixed results in recent years, with a small portion of the patient population continuing to account for most readmissions, according to a new report from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.