Massachusetts insurers, taking a tougher line in bargaining with health care providers under pressure from financially strained customers and government regulators, have held payment increases to the lowest level in years.
Mass. insurers slow rise in payments
Contracts negotiated in 2011 gave hospitals and doctors groups average fee increases of 2 to 3 percent, roughly half those given in 2010 and less than in any year since 2005, according to estimates by executives of the state's three largest health insurers.
“We're going to continue to take a fairly aggressive posture on the increase in costs,'' said Andrew Dreyfus, chief executive of Boston-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest commercial health insurer.
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