Maryland’s Tough New Hospital Spending Proposal Seen As 'Nationally Significant'

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "Maryland officials have proposed what analysts call the most ambitious initiative in the country to control soaring medical spending, a plan that would bring relief to employers and consumers footing the bill while bluntly challenging the state’s powerful hospital industry. The blueprint, which needs the Obama administration’s approval, would use Maryland's unique rate-setting system to keep hospital spending from growing no faster than the overall economy — roughly half its recent rate of increase" (Hancock, 4/1). Read the story.

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