States make headway on legislation to address healthcare costs: 3 takeaways

In a Health Affairs blog post Aug. 22, representatives from the University of California and nonprofit Catalyst for Payment Reform outline the various legislative efforts states have make to address rising healthcare costs.

Three takeaways from the authors:

1. Sixteen states have worked to improve healthcare price transparency by implementing mandatory all-payer claims databases that contain pricing information.

2. Some states have also made efforts related to payment reform and benefit design programs, such as Maryland, which implemented a statewide hospital-payment revamp that aims to control patient volume by limiting hospital spending.

3. Fifteen states have repealed certificate-of-need laws — and some have started implementing laws banning anti-competitive terms in provider-payer contracts — to promote provider competition.

Read the full blog post here.


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