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.
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 […]
Surprised that the national average rate that employer-sponsored health plans pay hospitals is 2.5-times higher than Medicare’s reimbursement rate? Or that there is actually no relationship between the volume of publicly covered patients a hospital serves to the prices it charges commercially-insured patients? This price transparency is important as states and employers work to rein […]
Results from a new RAND Corporation study – Nationwide Evaluation of Health Care Prices Paid By Private Health Plans – show commercial payers reimburse hospitals about 2.5-times more than does Medicare. As expected, hospital officials responded, claiming that public payers underpay for medical services and that it is inappropriate to challenge hospitals now as they battle […]