Making the Case for Action
Health care costs continue to grow at rates that outpace overall economic growth, squeezing out other state spending priorities and impacting consumers’ out of pocket spending for both coverage and care. State policy makers are called upon to address rising health care costs as payers, insurance regulators, and stewards of consumer protection, while considering the health system not only provides needed care but is also many jobs. NASHP’s work will identify the cost drivers in the health system and share strategies that focus on price and cost in order to provide effective cost-containment policy options to states.
- Trish Riley, NASHP Executive Director, in Health Affairs: Can The Health Care Cost Trajectory Be Tamed? States’ Leaders Tackle The Cost Conundrum, 1, 2018.
- Presentation: Health Care Consolidation and Market Trends presented by Erin Fuse Brown, JD, assistant professor at Georgia State University’s School of Law, and faculty member of its Center for Law, Health, and Society, at NASHP’s annual health policy conference in August 2018.
- Presentation: Health Care Costs presented by Larry Levitt, Executive Vice President for Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation, at NASHP’s annual health policy conference in August 2018.
What is hospital financial transparency? Hospital financial transparency describes when hospitals/health systems disclose data so the public and state regulators can understand its assets – including income from a variety of sources, such as payment for services rendered, grants, capital, and other investments – as well as its expenses and liabilities. To date, most state […]
Summary Hospitals provide critically important services and play a central role in assuring the integrity of the health care system in the state. Standardized, objectively assessed information regarding finances enables the state and the public to evaluate the viability of the health system, identify strengths and weaknesses, to allow for appropriate executive and legislative actions […]
COVID-19 has profoundly affected the health care landscape, raising anew concerns about the high cost of hospitalizations while simultaneously placing new burdens on those facilities and curtailing non-emergency services. Providers, unable to see patients for routine care, lost revenue and many free-standing physician practices are now at risk, and now face increasing pressure to merge […]
The importance of COVID-19 testing is clear, especially as new cases climb dramatically, reversing earlier successes at controlling the spread of the disease. Lack of a coordinated, federally-led testing initiative and protocols has prompted questions about how often testing should occur, whether both symptomatic and asymptomatic should be tested, and who should pay for it, and in what circumstance. As states […]
Updated June 12, 2020 Last week, states received a minimum of $1.25 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, Title V) to use at their discretion to address issues related to the pandemic. These dollars may be used to fund necessary COVID-19-related expenses that have not been addressed in their […]
States must be sound stewards of taxpayer dollars and the need to do so now is particularly acute as states confront financial landscapes devastated by the pandemic. Federal investments are providing relief to unemployed workers, small businesses, schools and universities, hospitals, and other health care providers. Additional funding is directed to governors to parse out […]
With support from Arnold Ventures, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is expanding its capacity to help states lower the trajectory of their health care spending through its new Center for State Health Care System Costs. Modeled on the work of its Prescription Drug Pricing Center, this new center will address health system […]
Rising health care costs are an intractable problem in the United States, but states, faced with balanced budget requirements and growing voter concern, aren’t waiting for a federal solution. This report explores state initiatives to curb health care costs by: Leveraging Medicare’s well-established reimbursement rates as reference prices for state employee plans to address rising […]