Mass. Legislators Seek To Resolve House, Senate Difference On Cost Control Bill
One of the key points is how much leeway to give industry.
Boston Globe: Conference Committee Members Selected To Hash Out Health Law
Six lawmakers were selected Thursday to negotiate the differences between House and Senate proposals for controlling health care spending in the state. The conference committee will include Senator Richard Moore and Representative Steven Walsh, both Democrats, who led efforts to craft the two bills. ... Their plans contain key differences, particularly over how much the health care industry can be relied on to control costs on its own. The Senate bill generally allows doctors and hospitals more leeway to find their own solutions, while the House wants more oversight. (Conaboy and Kowalczyk, 6/14).
WBUR: Conference Committee Named For Mass. Health Care Cost Bill
State House News Service reports that legislative teams from the House and Senate are heading to the negotiating table to devise a single plan aimed at cutting health care costs through a variety of payment and delivery reforms: "Uxbridge Democrat Sen. Richard Moore and Lynn Democrat Rep. Steven Walsh will lead the Senate and House negotiating teams on omnibus legislation aimed at controlling health care costs and improving the quality of patient care by deploying new payment methods and other transparency and innovation measures" (Zimmerman, 6/14).