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Massachusetts tries to slow medical expansion

Boston Globe, June 4, 2010

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick administration officials, seeking to pressure hospitals as well as insurers to rein in costs, say they will more closely scrutinize plans for new medical buildings and technologies to determine how they might affect the cost of healthcare in Massachusetts. The move is intended to halt what some call an escalating "medical arms race," in which Boston teaching hospitals vie with suburban hospitals to establish new outpatient care centers and buy expensive imaging and detection equipment that can draw hefty reimbursements from Medicare and private insurers, the Boston Globe reports.