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Experts question whether MA can reduce healthcare costs

The Washington Post, May 31, 2012

It's taken as a matter of fact among Massachusetts healthcare wonks: The state legislature will, by the summer's end, pass a law aiming to reduce healthcare costs by $150 billion in 15 years. Where experts are confident that legislation will pass, they also have serious concerns about whether that bill can actually work—and deliver on the big healthcare cost reductions that it promises. The hope is to take away financial incentives to provide more care when less might be equally effective. Those payment changes would be in the service of a larger goal: slowing healthcare costs to grow at a rate similar to the rest of the economy.