This is a momentous day for families and businesses in Massachusetts. Today we will send to Governor Patrick legislation that cuts health care spending by $200 billion over the next 15 years and realigns our world-class health care system to be more attuned to the primary care needs of patients through the promotion of transparency, patient-engagement, care coordination, and prevention. This legislation creates a blueprint to guide the health care market in its transformation from a fractured delivery system into a system of accountable care organizations designed around the patient-centered medical home. Payment incentives linked to patient outcomes and the adoption of standardized quality measures will reward high quality, low cost providers while also encouraging them to address longstanding disparities in care delivered to patients from ethnic, racial and linguistic minority populations. I am pleased to see how the bill recognizes the importance of prevention and wellness by establishing a Public Health Trusts in support of innovative population-based wellness programs. I also appreciate the inclusion of key policies expanding the role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in primary care, adopting of a robust health resource planning process, and implementing reasoned malpractice reforms such as permitting statements of apology by clinicians to patients and a cooling-off period prior to the initiation of malpractice litigation. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts of Chairman Walsh and Moore and the conferees for their tireless efforts to bring this compromise bill before the legislature. I look forward to casting my vote in favor of this historic bill.
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