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RI Healthcare Cost Trends Project Moves Towards Improving Healthcare Performance

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Rhode Island healthcare stakeholders are uniting around a shared vision to leverage healthcare performance data to improve quality and lower costs of care in the state. The Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Project—which represents providers, payers, policymakers, and consumers—has agreed to establish and commit to an annual healthcare cost growth target. This  project aims to better understand how actionable data insights, analytic tools, state regulatory authority, and stakeholder engagement can drive meaningful, durable changes in healthcare performance.

The RI Healthcare Cost Trends Project leverages the state’s existing all-payer claims database, HealthFacts RI, to identify cost and utilization drivers, develop an annual healthcare cost growth target, and inform system performance improvements.  The database includes information on over one million people, and most insured Rhode Island residents, from 2011 to present for private health insurers and Medicaid, Medicare fee-for-service from 2011 to 2016.

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