Examining Health Care Spending and Prices in New York State
Empowering Health Care Consumers
December 10, 2018
Outside New York State
The health care system is hard to understand and navigate, especially when it comes to information about prices.
In an environment where patients are responsible for an increasing share of health care costs, greater price transparency is needed to empower consumers. NYSHealth has supported several projects to promote greater price transparency, including an examination of hospital price variation in New York State and various cost calculator tools to help consumers better plan for health care costs. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) a grant to improve price transparency by examining health care spending patterns in New York State.
Under this grant, HCCI allowed access to its health care claims data and collaborated with NYSHealth’s policy and research department on analyses related to the Foundation’s Empowering Health Care Consumers core strategy of improving price transparency. Claims data were used to (1) examine health care spending in New York State, (2) analyze the degree to which prices for specific services and drugs account for health care spending, and (3) evaluate the extent to which the trend of more consumers being in high-deductible health plans is having an impact on their price comparison shopping behavior. NYSHealth and HCCI worked together to produce reports, journal articles, and data snapshots on these topics and shared them with key stakeholders.