April 12, 2018

Health Care Spending on Multiple Sclerosis Nearly Doubled from 2009 to 2015

Drugs account for more than 80 percent of spending increase   WASHINGTON (April 12, 2018) — Spending on health care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) nearly doubled from 2009 to 2015. This increase was primarily due to spending on disease modifying therapies (DMTs) – the medications used to treat the often-disabling central nervous system… Read more »


March 14, 2018

Health Care Cost Institute Welcomes Three New Board Members

New appointees add expertise in research, technology, innovation and business WASHINGTON (March 14, 2018) — The Health Care Cost Institute has named a former Chief Technology Officer of the United States, a multiple award winning academic, and a successful health data entrepreneur to its Governing Board. The three new members will help shape the organization’s… Read more »


March 6, 2018

Working Adults with Hypertension are Spending More on Health Care

Prescription drug and outpatient services are driving up the cost of hypertension care WASHINGTON (March 6, 2018) — Total spending for adults diagnosed with hypertension grew by 18.3 percent from 2012 to 2016, with prescription drug spending increasing 27.2 percent, even though a growing portion of prescription drugs used by this group were lower cost… Read more »


October 25, 2017

HCCI article in August issue of Health Affairs: Medicare Competitive Bidding and DME’s

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Realized Price Savings For Durable Medical Equipment Purchases David Newman, Eric Barrette, and Katharine McGraves-Lloyd  Abstract: From the inception of the Medicare program there have been questions regarding whether and how to pay for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. In 2011 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)… Read more »


October 11, 2017

Barrette and Brennan published in New England Journal of Medicine – Catalyst

The Value of Health Insurance through Price Discounts October 11, 2017 • Eric Barrette, PhD & Niall Brennan, MPP The polarizing debate over health care reform in the United States, amid countless attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has obscured the core purpose of having access to health insurance coverage — especially affordable coverage…. Read more »


August 31, 2017

HCCI Data Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Math Behind Higher Health-Care Deductibles More U.S. workers are taking a bigger out-of-pocket hit from their employer-provided health plans. Blame high deductibles. By Melanie Evans, Yaryna Serkez, and Merrill Sherman Published August 31, 2017 at 5:41pm HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE SURGE: High-deductible plans required patients to spend $2,200 to $4,300, on average, in 2016 before insurance kicked… Read more »


June 7, 2017

Niall Brennan Named New President and Executive Director of HCCI

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017 – Today, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) Governing Board announced it had selected Niall Brennan, former Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as its next President and Executive Director. Brennan is a nationally recognized expert in health care policy, the use of health care… Read more »


April 26, 2017

HCCI Releases Price Data on Local Health Care Markets Across the Country

New Tool Allows for Local and National Comparisons of Price to Assess Market “Health” Washington, D.C., April 26,2017 – A new interactive mapping tool and accompanying issue brief, released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, illuminates the dramatic variation in prices for different categories of medical services… Read more »


April 14, 2017

HCCI Announces Inaugural Health Economics Research Scholars Program: Pfizer Inc. Signs on as First Corporate Sponsor

Washington, DC, April 14, 2017 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) today announced the launch of its Health Economics Research Scholars Program and its first sponsor – Pfizer Inc. The program, which allows HCCI to expand its research activities, is designed to accelerate HCCI’s independent research agenda and will focus on four key areas: the… Read more »


November 22, 2016

Growing Prices Push Health Care Spending Up 4.6 Percent in 2015

Bump in use of outpatient care and professional services contributed to quicker growth in spending in 2015 for the privately insured over previous years Washington D.C., November 22, 2016 – Spending on health care for the privately insured in the United States increased 4.6 percent in 2015, outpacing previous years’ growth, finds a new report… Read more »


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