A Massachusetts commission charged with finding ways to reduce healthcare costs unanimously recommended that the state’s public and private insurers abandon the current fee-for-service system in favor of a global payments system. In a set of recommendations, the Massachusetts Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System said that the current fee-for-service system increases costs by encouraging overuse of services without consideration of quality or outcomes. The group recommended a five-year timetable for converting the state to a global payment system that would compensate providers based on an estimate of the amount and type of care they are likely to give a particular patient over a specified period of time.
Late News: Mass. commission recommends abandoning fee-for-service
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