the capitol account | winter 2017–18 beaCon hill beat • Capitol hill ConneCtion • regulatorY reCap • ContaCt us mscpaonline.org/advocacy beacon hill beat healthcare reforms Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Legislature passed legislation to impose an employer healthcare assessment through an increase in the Employer Medical Assistance Contribu-tion (EMAC), which is paid by employers of six or more employees, from $51 per employee to $77 per employee. As part of the negotiations with the Governor’s office and the business community, the Legislature agreed to make healthcare cost containment a priority later in the session. The state Senate took the first run at a bill, which included some positive provisions, such as introducing statewide readmission reduction benchmarks, something that has been pointed to as a major driver of health-care costs, incentives for implementation of focus networks which would encourage individuals covered by MassHealth to receive care at community health centers and hospi-tals, as opposed to more expensive teaching hospitals and establishing regional health policy councils. The bill also included addi-tional problematic employer requirements, such as reporting employees who are covered by MassHealth and initiatives to expand MassHealth prior to implementation of some of the cost-savings programs. Since the Senate plan was developed outside of the Legislature’s joint committee process, the House of Representatives will need to develop their own plan. At this point, it is not a priority in the House. We will keep you posted on any developments. uniform accountancy act (uaa) Conformity legislation As part of our legislative agenda, the Society is pushing two companion proposals: Senate bill 165, filed by Senator James Timilty; and House bill 133, filed by Representative Jennifer Benson. These proposals would aim to provide technical updates to the Commonmonwealth’s statutes governing the practice of public accountancy to further align to the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA), a national model licensing law developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The Society testified before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, the committee with jurisdiction over the accountancy statutes, during a public hearing on June 20 and is working with the Legislature to ensure passage of these critical updates. MORE INFO new healthCare bill introduces statewide readmission reduction benchmarks. Companion proposals aim to further align the uaa. a; pag e 2 Continue the Conversation! a; share your thoughts with colleagues in the hub .