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Healthinsight Utah, Utah Department Of Health To Partner On National Project To Reduce Health Care Costs

Salt Lake City - HealthInsight Utah and the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) have been chosen by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to work together on an 18-month project aimed at helping leverage health care cost data to reduce costs and improve care.

The Utah partners were selected by NRHI to participate in Evolving the Regional Total Cost of Care Project and Demonstrating Preparedness for National Scalability (TCoC Phase II). The grant is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of the 18-month project is to evolve Total Cost of Care Reporting and show preparedness for national scalability, including adding new regions, expanding toward public payer inclusion and supporting existing and new stakeholders as leaders in the effort to reduce cost and improve quality.

"This project provides Utah with an opportunity to collaborate with national leaders in health data transparency to improve the quality of the information from the All Payer Claims Database that we share with doctors, clinics, and hospitals to improve the care they deliver," said Dr. Sarah Woolsey, medical director at HealthInsight Utah. "We will be able to see the whole picture of cost for care for our populations, all costs in a time period and look for places where we can improve."

The phase I work completed by five original pilot sites will provide a foundation for two new organizations during this renewal phase - HealthInsight Utah in partnership with UDOH, Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS), and the Maryland Health Care Commission. Both organizations not only met the minimum project requirements, they are also well positioned to be successful in their communities, and can provide new testing and learning opportunities to advance the work toward national scalability.

During Phase II, they will continue to evolve and fine-tune cost reporting data as well as expand the use of the data. The original sites will work more closely with physicians to provide tools and reduce barriers toward implementing cost measurement and containment in their local practices. The TCoC Phase II teams, led by NRHI, will also develop strategies and actionable steps to educate and engage employers interested in reducing overall costs of care.

"The Utah Department of Health is excited to participate in this project," said Dr. Robert Rolfs, deputy director at UDOH. "A coordinated effort to better utilize health care data can lead to higher quality and lower costs; involving the health care providers is an essential element in achieving those goals. Partnering with entities like HealthInsight and other states will help accelerate the process by sharing lessons learned and working towards standardization."

Earlier this year, NRHI held a national summit to report the findings from the first phase of this project. It was a well-attended gathering of healthcare leaders at the regional, federal and state levels. To view the keynote address, click here https://vimeo.com/132989042.

For more information about NRHI's Total Cost of Care project, click here: http://www.nrhi.org/work/multi-region-innovation-pilots/tcoc/

About HealthInsight

HealthInsight is a recognized leader in convening and partnering with communities to improve health and health care by advancing quality, efficiency and value for patients and providers. We are leading experts in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; use of health information technology; engaging patients to improve their health; and redesigning how care is paid for and delivered. Learn more at healthinsight.org and follow HealthInsight on Twitter at @HealthInsight_.

About NRHI:

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing regional multi-stakeholder groups working towards achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and all of its members are non-profit organizations, separate from state government, working directly with physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients using data to improve healthcare. For more information, visit us on the web at www.nrhi.org.

About RWJF:

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.