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Massachusetts AG finds clout of hospitals drives cost

Boston Globe, January 29, 2010

Massachusetts insurance companies pay some hospitals and doctors twice as much money as others for essentially the same patient care, according to a preliminary report by Attorney General Martha Coakley. The report points to the market clout of the best-paid providers as a main driver of the state's increasing healthcare costs. The yearlong investigation found no evidence that the higher pay was a reward for better quality work or for treating sicker patients,  the Boston Globe reports.