Other provisions of the 349-page bill that address health insurers include:
Linzer told HealthLeaders Media that for payers, one upside of the legislation is the bill's recognition that the market strength of some providers is driving higher healthcare costs. The bill creates an 18-member special commission to review price variations among providers and to look at the feasibility of requiring insurers to separately contract with each location for a multi-location provider to reflect geographic differences in provider costs.
Martha Coakley, the state‘s attorney general, published in 2010 a report that linked the higher reimbursements received by some health facilities to their expanded markets and not necessarily to the care they delivered.
S 2400 faced limited legislative opposition. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has until Aug. 10 to act on the bill, which he supports.