Reform Model Lowers Costs, Improves Care

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    Some interesting results were announced today from a private sector payment reform experiment whose approach is being replicated around the country under the Affordable Care Act.

    Study: Mass. Global Payment Approach Lowers Costs, Improves Care
    Encouraging news.

    For a taste of what this means on a wider scale, here's a flashback from a year ago when Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA was describing the implications of the Year One results of the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC):

    Now I suppose we can add to that lesson that it just keeps getting better in year two.
     
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    Let me see if I understand what this paper is saying, The escalating costs of health care in Massachusetts are directly not related to any of the reforms instituted by Romneycare, they are all just a plot by subversive elements that want to destroy Obama.
     
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    How is healthcare all of sudden the low cost producer....you have evidence from tabloids crap? How about some acutual pilot studies....? No
    U go to medicare as the reference point of bench march to make your ludacris points ,,,,barry ...it's just words.

    Why are you so quilable to allow the gubbermint to handle your monies as if they have done such a great job already...the number of bankrupt cities in California...means lawlessness......6-25-2012 obumer declares a state of emergency further inacting NDAA as he signed out the side of his mouth.
     
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    Romneycare's weakness is that, unlike the ACA, it was solely a coverage expansion. It paid no attention to cost control and quality improvement (e.g. through payment reform); the state has only turned its attention to that now and its payment reform legislation is currently in conference.

    What BCBS of MA did on its own a few years ago is push forward with the kind of cost control/quality improvement oriented payment reform ideas that the ACA's writers had in mind. They're pioneering it and the first few years of the experiment have been very promising.

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    Yes. See above.
     
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    Meanwhile, the spread of this model as part of the ACA's Medicare reforms has thus far exceeded expectations:


     
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    And your rebuttal is just..................words. Less informed words of course.
     
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    The "escalating costs" under Romneycare seem to be escalating a lot slower than those in other states.
     
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    More importantly, under a Republican capitalist system people would be spending their own money so the incentive to hold costs down would be increased 1000%. The estimate is that the true cost of health care is only 1/3 of the current liberal cost.

    Lets not forget that costs for everything were so high in the USSR only because the government was so liberally involved in the economy.
     
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