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Massachusetts House OKs healthcare bill without ban on gifts

Boston Globe, July 18, 2008

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill to rein in healthcare spending, but rejected a ban on the practice of doctors accepting gifts from representatives of pharmaceutical companies. The House bill requires uniform coding of medical claims to make the billing process consistent, rewards primary care physicians who focus on patients with chronic illnesses, and requires a statewide electronic health record system be up and running by 2015.