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  • ED Boarding Chartpack

    HPC releases new examination of behavioral-health (BH) related emergency department (ED) boarding in Massachusetts.

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  • HPC Releases Preliminary CMIR Report

    HPC releases Preliminary Cost and Market Impact Review report. 

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  • HPC DataPoints

    HPC DataPoints: New Research Webpage

    A series of online briefs that will spotlight new research and data findings relevant to the HPC's mission to drive down the cost of health care. 

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  • CHART Phase 2 Statewide Convening

    The HPC held its second CHART Phase 2 Statewide Convening Oct. 16 to highlight the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the program. Check out the materials under the Special Events section.

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  • CHIA's 2017 Annual Report

    The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) releases the 2017 Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System.

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Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark

More than ten years ago, the Massachusetts state legislature enacted Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006, a law designed to provide near universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Today, over 400,000 additional Massachusetts residents have health insurance coverage, giving Massachusetts the highest rate of insurance coverage in the nation.

Following the passage of Chapter 58, health care policy efforts in Massachusetts focused on enhancing the transparency of the state’s health care system and identifying health care cost drivers. While Massachusetts is a national leader in innovative and high-quality health care, it is also among the states with the highest health care spending. The rapid rate of growth in health care spending has contributed to a crowding-out effect for households, businesses, and government, reducing resources available to spend on other priorities.

Given these trends, the state enacted Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 with the ambitious goal of bringing health care spending growth in line with growth in the state’s overall economy by establishing the health care cost growth benchmark, a statewide target for the rate of growth of total health care expenditures.

Learn more about the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark.

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