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Massachusetts, pioneer of universal healthcare, now may try new approach to costs

from The Washington Post

Five years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to move toward universal health insurance, foreshadowing the 2010 federal health-care overhaul. Now, the commonwealth is debating whether to become a role model again — by replacing the fee-for-service system that has long defined U.S. medicine. Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick is proposing a new way of paying for care that would give lump payments to teams of doctors responsible for almost all the care of a group of patients, with bonuses for saving money and dispensing high-caliber services that keep people healthy. more

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