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HealthInsight Publishes Cost Data for Primary care Practices in Oregon

HealthInsight has released Oregon’s first public reporting of relative cost data for primary care practices statewide. The public now has free access to primary care practice cost rankings on the Compare Your Care website, which also reports quality of care rankings. The reporting provided through Compare Your Care allows consumers to see which primary care practices provide high quality care and the relative (lower than average, average, or higher than average) cost of that care. The Compare Your Care comprehensive tool is useful for providers who give care, patients who receive care and those who pay for health care.  The cost of care is a combination of how much care is utilized and the price of that care.

Compare Your Care provides indexed cost and quality scores called the Total Cost Index and the Quality Composite Index. The Total Cost Index consists of the prices and use of tests and treatments for consumers covered by Moda Health, PacificSource Health Plans, Providence Health Plans, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Tuality Health Alliance. The Total Cost Index includes all the services a patient gets across settings (for example, hospitals or specialist’s offices) to show how primary care practices are managing costs associated with their patients. Scores for the Quality Composite Index are calculated by measuring the quality of preventive care and chronic illness services provided by each primary care practice. The data reported are from 2015 and 2016. HealthInsight will be updating the reports as more current data are available. Although these data are two years old, cost trends tend to remain stable over time so the scores are still useful indicators of practices’ performance.

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