Next phase of R.I. Health Care Cost Trends Project commences

A COLLABORATION between Brown University, Rhode Island and the Peterson Center on Healthcare aimed at lowering health care costs through the use of data has begun its second phase. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY
A COLLABORATION between Brown University, Rhode Island and the Peterson Center on Healthcare aimed at lowering health care costs through the use of data has begun its second phase. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE – Phase two of the Health Care Cost Trends Project, a collaboration between the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Brown University’s School of Public Health, and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, launched Monday.

This phase of the project will feature a steering committee of government, business and community leaders who will oversee the use of data to drive health care innovation and to outline actionable steps to improve the Ocean State’s health care system.

Participants include the state’s major health care providers, insurers, the business community and consumer advocates.

This phase is scheduled to take place over 18 months. The project is supported by a grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare to Brown University.

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The first phase resulted in the establishment of a 3.2% health care cost growth target for the state. The second phase will also oversee the implementation of the cost growth target and measurement of the state’s health insurers and large provider organizations’ performance in relationship to the target.

“Phase one of this collaborative project proved that together, using data, we can create innovative solutions to improve the health care system for all Rhode Islanders,” said Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in a statement. “Building off the success of phase one, we will continue to take important steps to increase access to quality, affordable health care for all Rhode Islanders while utilizing data to control costs and improve the system.”

As part of the second phase, Brown University will work with health care providers to design standard reports that support improvements in quality and efficiency in the state health care system.

“Our team is thrilled to continue the collaboration we began in phase one of this project,” said Ira Wilson, a professor in the Brown School of Public Health and chair of the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice. “This partnership has gathered critical data, and in these next steps we will utilize that information to better inform innovative policy decisions that will help reduce the growth of health care spending in our state.”

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