Here are some links to some things I’ve meant to write about this week. They caught my eye and I thought readers of this blog might find them interesting.
For The Washington Post, Sarah Kliff writes about something that “could revolutionize health care…a health policy wonk’s dream.” She explains:
“a new nonprofit called the Health Care Cost Institute will roll out a database of 5 billion health insurance claims (all stripped of the individual health plans identity, to address privacy concerns).
Researchers will be able to access that data, largely using it to probe a critical question: What makes health care so expensive?”
At Kaiser Health News, Julie Appleby writes that the Institute’s report found that “higher prices charged by hospitals, outpatient centers and other providers drove up health care spending at double the rate of inflation during the economic downturn even as patients consumed less medical care overall.”
The Star Tribune reports on early results from “the health care home” experiment in Minnesota, “Team care slicing medical costs.”
And there are many links to health policy news items in this week’s Health Wonk Review, hosted by Jaan Sidorov at the Disease Management Care Blog.