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Delaware: DHSS Release Second Annual Health Care Benchmark Trend Report

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Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) released the State’s second annual Benchmark Trend Report. The report displays trends in Delaware’s health care spending and quality, comparing new 2020 data against a set benchmark, as well as baseline data from 2019. The report continues the State’s efforts to improve health care quality for all residents, while simultaneously working to monitor and reduce the economic burden of health care spending.

In November 2018, Governor John Carney signed Executive Order 25, establishing a state health care spending benchmark, an annual per-capita-rate-of-growth benchmark for health care spending, and multiple health care quality measures that are to be evaluated and adjusted every three years.

The 2020 Trend Report provides insight into Delaware’s health care quality by presenting data on six quality measures – Adult obesity, Use of opioids at high dosages, Opioid-related overdose deaths, Emergency department utilization, Persistence of beta-blocker treatment after a heart attack and, Statin therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease. The report highlights results of the quality measures are mixed. While Delaware made progress in some important measures, the report shows there is still significant work to be done to improve the health of Delawareans in other areas.

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