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The Federal Government has approved a five-year, $52.5 billion Medicaid waiver deal for Massachusetts. The arrangement’s goal is to transition toward accountable care organization (ACO) care models, behavioral health investments, and long-term care financing. The $1.8 billion deal also more-than doubles the number of hospital eligible for uncompensated-care reimbursements from seven to 15.

The arrangement will facilitate a $1.8 billion effort to transition toward accountable care organization (ACO) models of care and investments in behavioral health and long-term care services, with a possible ACO pilot program to launch in December. The agreement also increases the number of hospitals eligible for uncompensated-care reimbursements from seven to 15. This could be the first waiver to direct such a major shift toward a new, care-quality/outcome reward payment model.

This was reported by State House News Service on November 4, 2016.

Contact Information: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133; 617-722-2000; Website: www.malegislature.gov


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