Massachusetts Medical Society: Latest Health Care Reform News

Latest Health Care Reform News

  • MMS Issues Qualified Support for Health Care Reform Legislation March 20, 2010

    On balance we believe this legislation should go forward, and that Congress should continue to work on issues in the bill that could undermine the quality of health care.

  • MMS Summary of Federal Reform Proposal (pdf) March 20, 2010

    Federal Health System Reform 2010: An Update March 19, 2010 1 Status: Time: 12:00 pm. Date: 3/19/10 House votes: Saturday, Rules Committee 9:00 am Sunday, Floor consideration begins at 2:07 pm Process: House pass Senate Bill plus Reconciliation bill President Signs Health Bill into law...

  • AMA Framework for Health System Reform June 18, 2009

    Principles on affordable coverage, prevention and personal responsibility, quality improvement, delivery reform, reducing costs and fiscal responsibility and sustainability.

  • Payment Reform Commission Amended Principles (pdf) April 6, 2009

    DRAFT PRINCIPLES FOR HEALTH CARE PAYMENT REFORM Draft, January 16, 2009 Amended April 1, 2009 Vision: The Commission seeks to develop recommendations for fundamental reform of the Massachusetts health care payment system that will support safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable,...

  • MMS Overview of Alternative Payment Models (pdf) March 16, 2009

    Alternative Payment Models Page 1 of 15 2009 Massachusetts Medical Society Overview of Alternative Payment Models Prepared by the Massachusetts Medical Society Department of Health Policy and Health Systems Updated March 2009 Blended Capitation Rates Description...

  • Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Frequently Asked Questions March 5, 2009

    FAQs about patient elgibility, benefits, physician billing and contracting.

  • Tiered Networks for Physician and Hospital Health Care Services (pdf) February 15, 2009

    White paper on tiering by Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Published August 2003.

  • Interview Excerpts with HHS Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, M.D. December 14, 2007

    Excerpts of the transcript of Vital Signs interview with HHS Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.

  • MMS Principles for the Use of Prior Authorization Programs February 23, 2007

    Updated, February 2007: Health plans have implemented pre-certification/pre-authorization processes with potentially serious effects on the management of physician practices and physicians’ relationships with patients.

  • Chapter 141 Analysis (pdf) September 18, 2006

    CHAPTER 141 OF THE ACTS OF 2000 AN ACT RELATIVE TO MANAGED CARE PRACTICES IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY ANALYSIS OF THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS 2ND REPORT September 2006 1 I. BACKGROUND On July 21, 2000, former Governor Paul Cellucci signed Chapter 141 of the Acts of 2000, an Act Relative to...

  • Expanding Health Insurance Access April 7, 2006

    Key provisions include expanding health insurance access, making coverage more affordable, addressing quality and cost issues, expanding public health and prevention initiatives, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities

  • MMS Principles for the Use of Prior Authorizaton Programs (PDF) February 15, 2006

    Summary Principles for the Use of Prior Authorization Programs January 2006Massachusetts Medical Society January 2006 2 Background Information The Massachusetts Medical Society (Society) acknowledges that the cost of care is rising rapidly and the current rate of health care...

  • MMS Principles for Universal Insurance Coverage May 13, 2005

    Principles for health care reform approved by the MMS House of Delegates in May 2005.

  • Heath Care Costs January 25, 2005


  • Aetna Settlement Fact Sheet (pdf) September 22, 2003

    Aetna Settlement Fact Sheet Prepared By The Massachusetts Medical Society Office Of The General Counsel On May 21, 2003, a settlement was arrived at in the lawsuit brought by a class of physicians and several medical societies against Aetna, Inc. The suit alleges federal racketeering, conspiracy...

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