Health Care Spending in Rhode Island Stayed Under Growth Target

Focus Area:
Sustainable Health Care Costs
Peterson-Milbank Program for Sustainable Health Care Costs Spending Growth Target Performance
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Rhode Island met its health care cost growth target in 2022, according to the 2024 health care spending and quality report released by the Office of the Health Insurance Commission (OHIC) at a public hearing earlier this month. Rhode Island’s target of 3.2% for the years 2019 to 2022 was aligned with Rhode Island’s projected rate of economic growth.

The analysis found that the spending stayed under the target largely because of slowed spending on hospital inpatient and professional physician services. The biggest service cost drivers in 2022 were hospital outpatient, particularly surgery and administered drugs, and long-term care spending.

OHIC Commissioner Cory King cautions that drugs prices, industry consolidation, and inflation, for example, may make it hard for Rhode Island to meet its target again. He identified four recommendations based on the findings and anticipated spending growth, including targeted investments in primary care and community-based providers and continued regulation of commercial hospital price growth.

Michael Bailit on 2022 Rhode Island cost trends
Cory King offers recommendations