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Several states have adopted policies that focus on measuring and setting a growth rate target for total cost of care. By looking at the cost performance across all payers of the system as a whole or a particular set of services such as hospital care, these states hope to facilitate delivery system reform.
At the request of several states, the Fund launched a project in 2015 to assess and document methods that states use to set a rate of growth target for total cost of care measures. The Fund’s initial report looks at four states as models for this activity—and assesses how they are going about this work. How are they documenting costs, projecting growth rates, and setting targets?
In addition to tracking the original states’ work, additional states are developing policies and technical capacity for health care cost measurement. The Fund continues to facilitate state-to-state interaction on this topic to enhance collaborative learning for both the states involved in the project and others states considering this policy activity.
Jul 22, 2019
In a new JAMA “Viewpoint,” Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller and Dhruv Khullar, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine summarize the research showing that commercial hospital prices are high relative to Medicare, and that the size of the price discrepancies is increasing. They highlight steps some states and employers are taking to address the issue. Read more
Jun 13, 2019
The Tennessee legislature recently passed a bill that could make it the first state to request a Medicaid block grant. Under a block grant, Tennessee would receive a fixed annual sum from the federal government for its Medicaid program rather than open-ended federal dollars. But John Kitzhaber, MD, former governor of Oregon, and Bruce Goldberg, MD, former director of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, say that this approach does nothing to reduce the cost of care and hurts Medicaid recipients. Read more
Mar 26, 2019
Oregon has been a leader in targeting the growth in overall health care costs. In 2012, the state adopted a unique approach to growth limits for the Oregon Health Plan, first for its Medicaid beneficiaries and then for public employees. State officials had discussed extending the model to other populations and types of coverage, but a plan to do so had not emerged…until now. In the fall of … Read more
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