David Colby, VP, Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers his summer reading list on Massachusetts health care reform. His intro:
There’s a lot to be learned from Massachusetts – the first state to pass comprehensive health care reform and guarantee insurance coverage for all its residents. With that in mind, the following are a few select reports about what happened in Massachusetts (and how it happened… and why it happened … and what it means … that offer particularly salient lessons).
One key element I would add to this reading list involves a peek into the future of Massachusetts health care reform: the global payment initiative that has been greenlighted by the Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System established under part 2 of the Massachusetts health care reform law, which could result in wide-ranging payment reform in Massachusetts being phased in over a five-year period.
Since bending the cost curve will be a key component of any successful health reform, this is another Massachusetts development to be sure to watch.