The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) hosts the Health Care Cost Trends Hearing each year to examine the drivers of health care costs and discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving care and reducing costs across the Commonwealth’s health care system. This year’s hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The hearing was fully virtual and broadcast live on the HPC's YouTube Channel.
The annual public hearing features live testimony from top health care executives and industry leaders, with questions posed by the HPC’s Board of Commissioners about the state’s performance under the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark and the status of health care reform efforts. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 hearing will continue to examine issues surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system in Massachusetts, addressing the intersecting challenges of cost containment, affordability, and health equity.
Since 2012, pre-filed written testimony has afforded the HPC an opportunity to engage more deeply with Massachusetts health care market participants. State law requires the HPC to seek testimony from a cross-section of the market, including providers (e.g., acute care hospitals, community health centers, physician organizations), health plans, and municipalities. All written testimony is a public record and will be posted here to inform the HPC’s ongoing work and promote public transparency.
More information about the 2021 hearing and past hearings is located below.
2021 Cost Trends Hearing
2021 Cost Trends Hearing Agenda
2021 Cost Trends Hearing Program Book
Watch the recording of the 2021 Cost Trends Hearing
Full 2021 Cost Trends Hearing Presentation Slides
HPC Presentation Slides - Health Care Spending and Affordability in Massachusetts
Keynote Presentation Slides - Wronged by Wrong Prices: Protecting Consumers in Health Care Markets - Leemore S. Dafny
Governor Baker Remarks
Attorney General Healey Remarks
Notice of Public Hearing