Overview of States’ Health Care Cost-Growth Benchmark Programs

Updated August 18, 2021

A cost-growth benchmark program is a cost-containment strategy that limits how much a state’s health care spending can grow each year. Massachusetts established the first program in 2012, and a growing number of states are now using the strategy to contain costs for patients, providers, and payers. Recently, states have also included efforts to improve care quality and outcomes in the program, and contain the total cost of care in non-hospital settings. This chart provides a snapshot of programs across the country.

#NASHPCONF20: Curbing Costs to Achieve Affordability in the Health System

#NASHPCONF20: Curbing Costs to Achieve Affordability in the Health System 

1:10 – 2:10 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020

From global hospital budgets to cost-growth benchmarks, how are states approaching the affordability challenge and what have they learned so far? This session will explore state efforts to rein in total costs of care and examine how these initiatives are responding to COVID-19.

• Moderator: David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

• Steven Costantino: Director of Health Care Reform and Financing, Delaware Health and Social Services

• Katie Wunderlich: Executive Director, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

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