Beacon Hill To Debate Health Care Cost Bill

July 31, 2012 12:00 AM
Beacon Hill To Debate Health Care Cost Bill
" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill House and Senate negotiators say will save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

 WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports

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Legislative leaders say the compromise bill will also help guarantee the future of the state’s landmark 2006 health care law.

The bill encourages the creation of so-called “accountable care organizations” which take a more coordinated approach to medicine, while also giving residents better access to their medical records and cutting down on unnecessary testing.

It also includes $135 million in grants to help community hospitals adopt new electronic medical records systems "

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