The new law requires:
- that hospitals stop charging facility fees for routine office visits when they buy doctors' practices. The ban applies to basic office visits, and is the first in the nation.
- that insurance companies and hospitals make their prices public. Right now, prices are top secret, and that's one reason why they are so high.
- that hospital IT systems share data. The law makes it illegal for a hospital to refuse to share electronic medical records unreasonably and creates a state-run information exchange so that systems like EPIC can communicate with other systems.
- the creation of a statewide health care cabinet with responsibility for recommending permanent structures to monitor and enforce health care cost and quality.