Press Releases

May 4, 2015

Minnesota Health Care Leader Joins HCCI

March 5, 2015 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends.

April 29, 2015

Health Care Spending for Privately Insured Children With Diabetes Rises Sharply Between 2011 and 2013

May 7, 2015 –- Per capita health care spending for children with diabetes covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew faster than for any other age group with diabetes, rising 7% from 2011 to 2012 and 9.6% from 2012 to 2013, according to a study released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Overall per capita spending for individuals younger than age 65, covered by ESI, and with diabetes rose 4.1% in 2013, nearly double the 2012 increase (2.2%).

Contact:
For HCCI:
Maya Brod, 301-280-5757
mbrod@burness.com

Health Care Spending for Privately Insured Children With Diabetes Rises Sharply Between 2011 and 2013

Spending for All Privately Insured People with Diabetes Rose 4% in 2013; Was Nearly $10,700 Higher Than for Those Without Diabetes

Washington, DC – Per capita health care spending for children with diabetes covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew faster than for any other age group with diabetes, rising 7% from 2011 to 2012 and 9.6% from 2012 to 2013, according to a study released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Overall per capita spending for individuals younger than age 65, covered by ESI, and with diabetes rose 4.1% in 2013, nearly double the 2012 increase (2.2%).

The report, Per Capita Health Care Spending on Diabetes: 2009-2013, is one of the first of its kind to examine health care spending for adults and children with diabetes relative to those without diabetes, both in terms of total per capita health care spending and out-of-pocket costs. It is based on the health care claims of more than 40 million Americans younger than 65 covered by ESI from 2009 to 2013. HCCI identified 5.3% of the ESI population as having diagnosed diabetes (type 1 or type 2) in 2013, up from 4.7% in 2009.

“The number of people with diabetes continues to grow, as does the health care spending for these individuals,” said HCCI Executive Director David Newman. “We, and others, need to better understand the relationship between spending and actual health outcomes for people with diabetes, particularly children.”

Spending on Children With Diabetes
Health care spending for children with diabetes rose from 2011 to 2013, and the dollar amount increase in per capita spending for children ($1,361) between 2012 and 2013 was nearly double the increase for young adults ages 19-25 ($753), who saw the second largest increase in spending.

The rise in spending for children with diabetes was in part due to higher spending on branded insulin. In 2013, $2,511 was spent per child with diabetes on branded insulin, more than four times what was spent on branded insulin for middle-aged adults ($589) and pre-Medicare adults ($617).  From 2009 to 2013, per capita spending on branded insulin increased 70% (by $1,037) for children.

“There has been extraordinary growth in health care spending for children with diabetes,” said HCCI Senior Researcher Amanda Frost. “It appears that higher spending on branded insulin is one factor influencing this trend. Moving forward, it will be important to continue to analyze these spending trends to see what else we can learn about how the way we manage diabetes contributes to its costs."

Health Spending Is Substantially Higher for People with Diabetes
While diabetes has been widely recognized as a growing public health challenge in the U.S., the report indicates that it also imposes a heavy financial burden on individuals. Spending differences between consumers with and without diabetes were considerable. In 2013, $14,999 was spent per capita on health care for people with diabetes – nearly 71% ($10,700) more than the $4,305 spent per capita for those without the disease.

Those with diabetes faced out-of-pocket per capita costs that were more than double that for those without the disease--$1,922 vs. $738. Out-of-pocket spending for consumers with diabetes rose 3.4% on average annually from 2009 to 2013.

Other Report Highlights:

  • Gender Gap in Spending: Women with diabetes (ages 19-54) had higher per capita spending than men with diabetes their age. The gender difference in spending was largest between men and women ages 26-44; in 2013, spending was $3,300 higher for women in this age range.
  • Pre-Medicare Adults (55-64): Pre-Medicare adults with diabetes had the highest per capita spending for any age group. In 2013, spending was $16,889 per capita, 3.7% higher than in 2012 (a $603 increase).

The report, Per Capita Health Care Spending on Diabetes: 2009-2013, will be available on the Health Care Cost Institute’s website on May 7, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET at: http://www.healthcostinstitute.org/issue-brief-capita-health-care-spending-diabetes-2009-2013

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The Health Care Cost Institute was launched in 2011 to promote independent, nonpartisan research and analysis on the causes of the rise in U.S. health spending. HCCI is governed by a board that includes distinguished economists, actuaries and health care experts. For more information, visit www.healthcostinstitute.org or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinst.

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March 2, 2015

HCCI and NASHP Announce State Health Policy Grant Recipients

March 5, 2015 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends.

Contact:
For HCCI:
Maya Brod, 301-280-5757
mbrod@burness.com

For NASHP: 
Lesa Rair, 202-903-2785
lrair@nashp.org

HCCI and NASHP Announce State Health Policy Grant Recipients

Research teams will analyze how states are implementing health system reforms

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have announced the recipients of the State Health Policy Grant Program. The program has selected five research projects that will analyze state health reform initiatives and policy trends. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to evaluate and report on state health policy initiatives, with the overall purpose of improving the value delivered by the U.S. health care system. HCCI and NASHP convened an independent committee of health policy experts to review submitted grant proposals. The grant recipients include:

  • University of California, Berkeley (Dr. Timothy Brown, Dr. James Robinson, and Christopher Whaley): “The Effect of Reference Based Benefits on State Healthcare Expenditures”
  • University of California, San Francisco (PI: Dr. Ulrike Muench): "The Effect of State Scope of Practice Laws on Pharmaceutical Utilization"
  • University of Chicago (PI: Dr. Rena Conti): “The Impact of Provider Consolidation on Outpatient Cancer Care Spending”
  • University of Colorado Denver  (Co-PIs: Drs. Benjamin Miller and Lynn VanderWielen): "An Evaluation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Provision of Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services"
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (PI: Dr. Jim Stimpson): "State-Level Analysis of Telehealth Policies"

“Future action in health care reform will occur largely at the state level,” Trish Riley, Executive Director at NASHP, explained.  “State policymakers implementing reforms need research like this to inform their thinking, offer models, and share real world lessons from other states’ experience.”

Each research team will receive a grant of up to $150,000 and will have access to HCCI’s repository of commercial claims data for over 50 million insured Americans – one of the largest private health insurance claims databases of its kind.

“Currently, we have limited information on the effects of health care reforms happening at the state level,” said HCCI Executive Director David Newman. “This grant program is funding data-driven research that will build a knowledge base about state reforms, and serve as a resource for policymakers and consumers alike.”

The grant program is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), a private foundation that has committed more than $25 million dollars to organizations that are working to improve value in the health care system.

“These research projects will help to identify key health care reforms that are delivering promising results,” LJAF Vice President of Venture Development Kelli Rhee explained. “Once we have a better understanding of what works, we can then replicate and scale those models as part of a broader effort to lower costs and improve the quality of patient care across the United States.”

More detailed descriptions on the winning research projects can be found here: http://www.healthcostinstitute.org/state-health-policy-grant-program

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About the Health Care Cost Institute
The Health Care Cost Institute was launched in 2011 to promote independent, nonpartisan research and analysis on the causes of the rise in U.S. health spending. HCCI is governed by a board that includes distinguished economists, actuaries and health care experts. For more information, visit www.healthcostinstitute.org or follow us on Twitter @healthcostinst.

About the National Academy for State Health Policy
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers who are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health policy issues. For more information, visit www.nashp.org.

About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
LJAF is a private foundation committed to producing substantial, widespread, and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. Its strategic investments are currently focused on criminal justice, education, public accountability, and research integrity. LJAF has offices in Houston and New York City. For more information, visit www.arnoldfoundation.org

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February 23, 2015

Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) Launches Guroo – To Provide Consumers With Free Access To A Health Care Transparency Tool

February 25, 2015 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization, announced today the introduction of guroo.com, a consumer-focused website that provides national, state and local cost information for common health conditions and services using claims from multiple insurers for more than 40 million insured individuals - numbers that no one else has. The new website is free and accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or who their insurer is.

January 20, 2015

HCCI Data Show Potential Financial Benefits Of Shopping For Health Care Services

February 3, 2015 – A new data brief from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) examines how much consumer medical care prices vary for certain elective procedures and demonstrates how much consumers could save out of their own pockets by shopping for care. The HCCI analysis shows that consumer out-of-pocket spending for common health care procedures can vary from $10 to nearly $1,000 depending on the procedure.

October 23, 2014

New Report: Spending Per Privately Insured Grew 3.9% in 2013, as Falling Utilization Offset Rising Prices

October 28, 2014: The fourth annual health care cost and utilization report from HCCI

October 17, 2014

HCCI and NASHP Release RFP for State Health Policy Grant Program

October 17, 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new State Health Policy Grant Program. A webinar to answer researchers’ questions regarding the RFP will be held at 3:00 pm (ET) on October 27, 2014.

September 22, 2014

New HCCI Study Finds Young Adult Health Care Use Rose After ACA

September 24, 2014– A study released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) found that per capita health care spending for young adults (ages 19-25) with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew at a rate nearly double that of other adults (ages 26-64) during 2011 and 2012, the first two years after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; Section 1001) that allows parents to include their adult children in family health plans.

September 9, 2014

HCCI and NASHP Announce New Grant Program for State Health Reform Research

September 9 , 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) announced today that they are launching a new grant program to fund research studies that will analyze how the states are implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health reforms.

September 4, 2014

Assurant Health, NCQA, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente and Partners Healthcare Join Health Care Cost Institute Initiative to Advance Health Care Cost and Quality Transparency

September 4 , 2014: The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) announced today that Assurant Health will join three other major health insurance companies, Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare, to work with HCCI as it develops free online tools that will offer consumers the most comprehensive information about the price and quality of health care services.