Focus Area

Sustainable Health Care Costs

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  • Webinar: State Approaches to Mitigating Health Provider Consolidation and Its Effects on Prices

    News Article

    Webinar: State Approaches to Mitigating Health Provider Consolidation and Its Effects on Prices

    October 2021

    Increasingly, hospitals have merged to form dominant health systems that can exert market power and charge anticompetitive prices that burden the… More

  • Mitigating the Price Impacts of Health Care Provider Consolidation

    Publication

    Mitigating the Price Impacts of Health Care Provider Consolidation

    September 2021 Katherine L. Gudiksen Alexandra D. Montague Jaime S. King

    This brief explains how the provisions are used in practice to stifle competition, describes the variation in state laws, and offers best practices to state policymakers seeking to address provider market power. More

  • A Tool to Improve Policymaking in Health Care Affordability

    Blog Post

    A Tool to Improve Policymaking in Health Care Affordability

    September 2021 Victoria Veltri Kevin Lembo

    The Connecticut Healthcare Affordability Index is a new tool to help policymakers understand the real costs of health care and the challenges that Connecticut residents face in meeting their basic needs. More

  • State Action to Oversee Consolidation of Health Care Providers

    Publication

    State Action to Oversee Consolidation of Health Care Providers

    August 2021 Alexandra D. Montague Katherine L. Gudiksen Jaime S. King

    This brief, the second in a series on health care consolidation, examines the variation in state merger review practices across the country and identify the key elements of a comprehensive state merger review framework. More

  • Biden’s Executive Order Reinvigorates Competition Policy

    Blog Post

    Biden’s Executive Order Reinvigorates Competition Policy

    August 2021 Katherine L. Gudiksen Alexandra D. Montague Amy Y. Gu Jaime S. King

    This blog post discusses President Biden’s recent executive order, which illustrates the administration’s focus on revitalizing competition across the country through a “whole of government” approach that encourages the federal agencies to leverage their knowledge, data, and resources in support of competition. More

  • Publication

    A Data Use Strategy for State Action to Address Health Care Cost Growth

    June 2021 Jennifer Sayles, MD, MPH Deepti Kanneganti Michael Bailit

    States with health care cost growth targets (or benchmarks) need to perform analyses on data collected from payers and providers to identify factors driving health care spending levels and health care spending growth. This report presents an analytic framework for analyses that monitor impact of the target, as well as a series of 11 recommended standard reports. More

  • Who Can Rein in Health Care Prices? State and Federal Efforts to Address Health Care Provider Consolidation

    Publication

    Who Can Rein in Health Care Prices? State and Federal Efforts to Address Health Care Provider Consolidation

    June 2021 Katherine L. Gudiksen Alexandra D. Montague Jaime S. King

    In the first of a series of three Milbank issue briefs, Katherine L. Gudiksen, Alexandra D. Montague, and Jaime S. King of The Source for Healthcare Price and Competition describe actions taken by federal and state policymakers to address the consequences of health care provider concentration through increased price transparency, improved merger review, oversight of anticompetitive conduct, and increased competition through a public option. More

  • News Article

    Rhode Island: Legal and Regulatory Options for Addressing Health System Consolidation

    April 2021 Rachel Block

    An overview of the state and local markets in Rhode Island, factors that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considers when analyzing proposed mergers, and the state’s policy options for a proposed merger. More

  • How the No Surprises Act Could Improve Our Understanding of US Health Care Markets

    Blog Post

    How the No Surprises Act Could Improve Our Understanding of US Health Care Markets

    March 2021 Rachel Block Kevin McAvey

    Nevertheless, with the passage of the No Surprises Act in December 2020, Congress took several steps to protect those most acutely impacted by our system’s lack of transparency and to invest in state data capacity to better understand local health care markets. More

  • States Start to Move Away from Health Care Cost Shifting

    Blog Post

    States Start to Move Away from Health Care Cost Shifting

    March 2021 Christopher F. Koller

    When the cost-shifting game stops, and people get serious about the toll of underlying health care costs — on household and state budgets, economic competitiveness, and foregone investments in other public services — the focus turns to measurement to understand health care costs in particular markets, cost changes, and what is driving them. More