Massachusetts Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark Factsheet: Cost and Market Impact Reviews

Massachusetts Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark Factsheet: Cost and Market Impact Reviews

Published: Sep 06, 2022
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Associated Project

Learning from a Pioneer: Massachusetts’ Experience with State Cost Containment

Time frame: 2021-2022

Prepared for:

Peterson Center on Healthcare

Gates Ventures

Authors

Mathematica

To contain health care cost increases, Massachusetts enacted Chapter 224 in 2012, which established a first‐in‐the‐nation target, called a benchmark, for annual growth in total statewide health care spending. Among other things, the law created a Health Policy Commission and granted it authority to hold payers and providers accountable for keeping annual cost growth below the benchmark. To inform other states that have adopted similar cost growth benchmark initiatives, this series of factsheets describes the Health Policy Commission’s four accountability tools and how they have been used to date.

This factsheet is focused on the use of Cost and Market Impact Reviews, which are prospective assessments of the cost and market implications of proposed mergers, acquisitions, contracting affiliations, and other market changes by health care providers.

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