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Mass Gen. Brigham agrees to cut millions of dollars in spending


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“We are committed to doing our part to reduce the cost of health care in Massachusetts, without affecting our ability to provide patient care.”

The corporate offices of Massachusetts General Brigham Hospitals at Assembly Square in Somerville.

Mass Gen. Brigham said he would cut total medical spending by $127.8 million a year, nearly doubling his pledge to cut spending after months of talks with a state watchdog agency.

The filing is part of the hospital’s “performance improvement plan”, which was required by the state’s Health Policy Commission after what it said were years of spending above acceptable levels. The MGB is the first health system to be required to table such a plan, which will still need to be approved by commissioners, likely at a meeting on September 27. The approval will test the state’s main mechanism for holding providers accountable for ever-rising health care costs.

“Despite the unprecedented financial challenges facing Mass General Brigham and health care systems around the world, we are committed to doing our part to reduce the cost of health care in Massachusetts, without affecting our ability to provide patient care or our responsibilities to medical research, education and the communities we serve,” Dr. Gregg S. Meyer, executive vice president of value-based care at Mass General Brigham. “We appreciate working with the Health Policy Commission to develop a plan that builds on our proposed solutions and strategies to reduce the growth in healthcare spending.

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