Massachusetts Senate Health Reform Bill Imposes Fewer Requirements on Payors and Providers than House Bill

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Following on the heels of the Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Reduction Act of 2012 introduced by the Massachusetts House of Representatives on May 4, 2012 (“House Bill”), the Massachusetts Senate released its own version of health care reform on May 9, 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation (“Senate Bill”).

Although the House Bill and the Senate Bill share features in common, the Senate Bill adopts a more voluntary approach to health care payment and delivery reform. Unlike the relatively prescriptive House Bill, the Senate Bill provides incentives for payors and providers to adopt alternative payment methodologies and other reforms, but generally does not expressly require payors and providers to do so.

This alert highlights some of the key provisions in the Senate Bill.

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