Massachusetts is making news again as it leads the nation in passing a law to limit health care spending to that of the state’s economic growth, currently at 3.6 percent. As the state’s largest health care provider, we at Partners HealthCare are meeting the challenge of slowing health care cost growth by rethinking the way we care for our patients.
Last night PBS NewsHour economic correspondent Paul Solman reported on some of the ways health care providers and insurers in Massachusetts have adapted to meet the cost-cutting goals set by the Commonwealth. As Solman noted, insurance premiums climbed 10 percent from 2009 to 2011, but spending more money on care does not necessarily improve health outcomes.
That’s why Partners is committed to making care more affordable and improving the quality of care that patients receive. We’ve already experienced early success through our transformation of primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes.