Several publications, both large circulation newspapers and niche sources, reported over the weekend on Federal approval of Maryland’s initiative to control hospital costs.
In an article entitled “Maryland Experiments With Capping Hospital Spending,” the Wall Street Journal (1/10, Dooren, Schatz, Subscription Publication) reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver to Maryland to set its own Medicare rates for hospitals. Maryland agreed to save $330 million in Medicare cost savings over five years. The plan waiver was supported by the state’s major hospitals and insurance companies.
The Washington Post (1/10, Kliff) “Wonkblog” noted that, unlike other states, “in Maryland, all customers — whether a private insurance plan, public program or uninsured patient — pay the same price.” A form of the program started in the 1970s and has generated substantial savings for the state.
— “Maryland Experiments With Capping Hospital Spending, “Jennifer Corbett, The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2014.