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.
For more than a decade, Rhode Island has used a unique insurance rate review approach to keep hospital costs from rising any more than inflation plus 1 percent. As states confront COVID-19 and its accompanying budget crisis, Rhode Island’s approach that allows regulators to oversee hospital costs and requires insurers to invest in the state’s […]
What does the tool do? The tool uses publicly available Medicare cost reports (MCRs), which hospitals submit annually to the federal government, to calculate the costs incurred for providing hospital services, as well as its payer mix and more. It answers key questions, including:
Hospitals account for the largest expenditure of US health care dollars, followed by physician and clinical services, half of which are owned by a hospital or health system. To address rising health care costs, policymakers and the public need detailed financial information to understand a hospital’s assets as well as its expenses and liabilities.
To help state policymakers engage in difficult discussions around how best to lower the health care cost trajectory, the National Academy for State Health Policy created the slide deck, Understanding the Health Care Cost Conundrum in 2020, featuring factual information about rising health care costs. This toolbox features multiple sections that could be used together […]
COVID-19 and its impact on states’ economies and budgets has refocused attention on high health care costs. To help state policymakers engage in the difficult discussions around how best to lower the health care cost trajectory, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) created the slide deck Understanding the Health Care Cost Conundrum in […]