Additional HealthInsight States Selected for National Project to Measure and Compare Health Care Costs across U.S. Regions
Salt Lake City, Utah —HealthInsight’s Nevada and New Mexico affiliates, along with three other organizations, have been selected by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to join its groundbreaking project that measures and reports on the total cost of health care (Total Cost of Care or TCoC) in regions across the nation.
NRHI is a national organization of regional health improvement collaboratives working to transform the U.S. health care system. The project is part of NRHI’s Getting to Affordability initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and seeks to answer such critical questions as: What does health care cost in my community? Why does health care cost more in some places than others? and What’s driving the differences in costs for the same services or procedures?
HealthInsight Nevada, HealthInsight New Mexico, the California Healthcare Performance Information System, the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and Integrated Healthcare Association will join nine other organizations that have previously received funding to address regional barriers to measuring and reporting Total Cost of Care.
In addition, as NRHI existing grantees, HealthInsight Oregon, HealthInsight Utah, the Washington Health Alliance, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners and Virginia Health Information have been awarded additional funding to continue their work, and each will share their strategies and lessons learned to inform and accelerate the work of other regions.
“We are excited to now be participating across our four-state region in working to measure total cost of care,” said Marc Bennett, HealthInsight president and CEO. “Through these efforts, we’ll be helping to increase understanding of health care cost drivers in different regions – a critical step to achieving more affordable health care.”
For more information about the project, see NRHI's January 2017 report, "From Claims to Clarity: Deriving Actionable Healthcare Cost Benchmarks from Aggregated Commercial Claims Data," which provides the first-ever comparison of what patients are paying out of pocket and what commercial insurers are paying for health care in different regions of the country. Read Report
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NRHI represents more than 30 regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state-affiliated partners, all working toward the goals of better health, better care and lower costs. RHICs provide a neutral, trusted mechanism through which communities can plan, facilitate, and coordinate the activities required for successful transformation of their healthcare systems. RHICs’ deep local and regional knowledge makes them uniquely qualified to help develop innovative solutions to their communities’ particular needs. Follow us on Twitter at @RegHealthImp.
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