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MN Community Measurement released its 2019 Health Care Cost & Utilization Report

MN Community Measurement released its 2019 Health Care Cost & Utilization Report, highlighting health care cost trends and drivers of cost growth throughout the state of Minnesota and includes data for comparison of costs of different providers.

The analysis in this report is based on claims data for 2018 from the four health plans with the largest commercially-insured patient populations in Minnesota: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica Health Plans, and PreferredOne. In 2018, the average total cost of care (TCOC) for commercially insured patients cared for by Minnesota primary care providers was $596 per month, an increase of $121 or 25 percent since 2013. This analysis includes 1,587,000 patients and $10.6 billion in claims.

For people with private health insurance, the total cost of care increased by 5.9 percent per person in 2018. After a slowdown in 2017, growth was similar to the rates seen in 2015 and 2016. Outpatient hospital services grew the fastest (7.4%) while inpatient hospital grew most slowly (2.7%).

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