Since late 2012, the Commonwealth has made significant progress in slowing the growth of health care costs. However, a critical sector of the health care delivery system—community hospitals—is facing unprecedented challenges, threatening progress toward creating an efficient, high-quality health care system accessible to all patients in Massachusetts.
The HPC released a unique report in March 2016 entitled: Community Hospitals at a Crossroads: Findings from an Examination of the Massachusetts Health Care System file size 1MB
This report details the challenges facing community hospitals, identifies a future vision for community-based care, and outlines necessary steps toward transforming the care delivery and payment system to achieve that vision. The report was developed by the HPC after more than a year of research, analysis, and interviews with health care providers, consumers, health plans, community leaders, elected officials, and other expert partners.