SECTION 1 - Notwithstanding any general or special law or regulation to the contrary, (a) in no event shall the physician group relative price for commercial insurance rates for those physicians affiliated with an independent community disproportional share hospital meeting the criteria set forth below (hereinafter a “qualifying community hospital”) be less than 1.0 as measured by the center for health information and analysis relative price data book entitled price variation in the Massachusetts commercial market. For the purposes of this section, a qualifying community hospital shall: (i) have no corporate or contracting affiliation with a provider system that includes an academic medical center or teaching hospital as evidenced by being listed by the health policy commission in its 2018 publication entitled Massachusetts hospital cohort designation and affiliation status; (ii) contract directly with commercial payers, (iii) operate as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization; and (iv) qualify as a community-high public payer hospital in the 2018 Center for Health Information and Analysis hospital profiles publication.
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