Special Commissions

Section 60: Establishes Special Commission to Study Financial Needs of Community Health Facilities

Establishes a special commission to study the financial needs of community hospitals, with a focus on use of technology, maintaining adequate facilities, meeting the health care needs of the general population in the next decade and determining potential sources of capital to meet those needs. The commission is also directed to evaluate the role of public programs, payments, and regulations in supporting capital accumulation, and make recommendations to the legislature to advance the ability of community hospitals to meet the expected demand. The commission must hold hearings as part of its investigation and submit its findings in a report to the legislature by December 31, 2011.

Section 67: Established Special Commission On Provider Price Reform

Creates a special commission on provider price reform to study rising cost trends of health insurance and the impact of reimbursement rates that health insurers pay to providers. The commission must examine policies that reduce disparities in provider reimbursement rates while enhancing competition, fairness, and cost efficiency in the health care market. Any recommendation the commission offers to the legislature must be consistent with recommendations of the Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System established in Section 44 of Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008. The commission must consult with state agencies and other organizations with expertise in health care reform and a reasonable number of affected parties before making recommendations. The commission must submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the legislature by September 30, 2011.