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OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL COST INCREASES WILL DRAW FURTHER EXAMINATION

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017....Outpatient hospital care will be a focus area for state officials as they explore drivers behind the 2.8 percent increase in total medical spending in Massachusetts last year.

Health care spending in Massachusetts climbed to $59 billion -- or $8,663 per capita -- in 2016, growing at a slower pace than the rates of over 4 percent tracked in the previous two years, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Health Information and Analysis, or CHIA.

The report identified hospital outpatient spending and pharmaceutical spending as the major factors contributing to the growth.


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