Massachusetts: Changes To Health Care Provider Payment System Proposes

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts has proposed paying health care providers a flat fee each year for every patient, rather than paying for each patient visit or treatment, in an attempt to slow health care spending growth, the Boston Globe reports. The fee would be adjusted for age and illness, and it would include bonuses of up to 10% for physicians who meet quality-of-care standards, according to BCBS officials. In most cases, the new payment system would cover all services from primary care physicians, specialists, counselors and hospitals, which would require more care coordination among providers, the Globe reports.

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