As Massachusetts led the nation in tackling access to health care in 2006, we are leading the way on the cost question, too. Numerous state agencies and The Boston Globe have reported on the record low cost growth that has occurred in Massachusetts since 2009. Nationally, the rate of cost increases has been the lowest since these figures began to be published in the 1960s.
How is Partners doing its share? In 2006, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) began what became the most successful test of a new approach to caring for complex, chronically ill Medicare patients. The idea was to improve care and lower costs through better care management, earlier intervention and tracking. For every dollar spent, the program saved $2.65. This became the model for Partners’ system-wide population health management initiative.