Payment Reform Hearing Set for Thursday; MMS to Testify

The state legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing meets Thursday afternoon to hear general testimony about the payment reform commission's recommendations on global payments. The MMS will testify, along with many other specialty societies, hospital leaders and other health care stakeholders.

There has been no legislation filed yet, so there are no specific proposals for implementing the commission's recommendation. It's expected that each speaker will provide general thoughts about global payments. Undoubtedly, some will offer specific ideas for the legislation

We'll report on the hearing here tomorrow, and post our testimony to the MMS website.

Last Sunday's Boston Globe previewed the hearing with a front page story by Liz Kowalczyk. It outlined about the recommendations concerns from hospital and physicians leaders, including MMS President Mario Motta, MD. 

“It
can’t be forced on everyone,’’ said Dr. Mario Motta, a cardiologist in
Salem and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, a lobbying
organization for the state’s physicians. “You’ll force [doctors] out of
business.’’

“This plan will never happen for everyone in five years; that’s an unrealistic dream,’’ he added.

For background information on the commission and its work, visit the payment reform section of the MMS website at www.massmed.org/paymentreform.

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