Recent research released by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and NYSHealth found that spending per person in employer-sponsored plans in New York State reached an all-time high in 2017. The majority of spending growth came from price increases, rather than from increased use of health care services. Yet information about health care prices is too often shrouded in secrecy. Greater transparency—more public, accessible, user-friendly, and actionable data—could help patients, purchasers, policymakers, and providers make more informed decisions about health care.

On September 27, 2019, NYSHealth hosted a Conversation with Niall Brennan, President and CEO of HCCI, about pressing policy issues like health care spending, information transparency, and the promise and limitations of data-sharing. Mr. Brennan also discussed the key findings and implications of the recent report on health care spending, prices, and utilization in New York State.

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