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Lora Pellegrini, president and CEO of Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and member of a commission tasked with studying health care price variations, questioned a recommendation to give the Division of Insurance more authority over denying provider contracts at a meeting Tuesday. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

Officials examining variations in prices charged by medical providers on Tuesday floated the idea of setting a minimum rate for hospitals at the bottom end of the price spectrum. The potential policy fix surfaced at a meeting of a 23-member commission that has until March 15 to release its report and recommendations.The panel is mulling over ideas as overall health costs consistently outpace economic growth rates.

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