Controlling Health Care Spending Growth

Drivers of health care costs and slowing the growth in health care spending.

Update of a June 2011 fact sheet by the Health Care Quality Work Group providing an overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO program. (December 19, 2012)
Update of a June 2011 issue brief by the Health Care Quality Work Group highlighting a number of actuarial issues that should be considered when designing and implementing accountable care organizations (December 19, 2012)
Medicare Steering Committee comment letter to the members of the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging action to improve the long-term solvency and sustainability of the Medicare program. (August 31, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on accountable care organizations (ACOs) and outlining a number of issues that stakeholders should evaluate as ACOs are implemented. (June 16, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group comments to CMS in response to proposed regulations on accountable care organizations and the Medicare Shared Savings Program under the Affordable Care Act. (June 6, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief that summarizes the key cost, access, and quality issues associated with some of the Medicare-related provisions in the various debt and deficit reduction proposals. (May 12, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief defining value-based insurance design (VBID), providing an overview of its prevalence, examining barriers to implementation, and reviewing policy considerations. (June 1, 2009)
Consumer-Driven Health Plans Work Group monograph summary of results from several experience studies on Consumer-Driven Health Plans. (May 1, 2009)
Uninsured Work Group's Capitol Hill briefing on the information provided in the health spending growth issue brief. (September 22, 2008)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief discussing current assessments of health care quality, the process for incorporating new treatment protocols and technologies into health insurance coverage, and the policy implications of comparative effectiveness research. (September 1, 2008)
Uninsured Work Group issue brief providing comments on the limitations of certain proposals to address the drivers of health spending growth and highlighting those proposals with significant potential. (September 1, 2008)
State Health Committee testimony, and related slide presentation, discussing rising health care costs in the context of health reform proposals to address the problem of the uninsured, including some of the drivers of costs and the considerations necessary to assess the impact of any potential cost control measure. (May 30, 2008)
Consumer Driven Health Plans Work Group issue brief answering several common questions about HSAs, including: what are the different types of consumer driven health plans; who is choosing these types of plans; what impact will they have on health spending growth; and, how will they affect the traditional health insurance market. (October 1, 2007)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief exploring definitions and measures of health care quality and examining the pay for performance approach to rewarding improvements in quality, particularly in the Medicare program. (October 1, 2005)
Disease Management Work Group issue brief providing policymakers and the public with a basic background on the financial evaluation of disease management programs and to highlight some of the analytical challenges. (April 27, 2005)
Defined Contribution Health Plan Work Group monograph providing an actuarial model to illustrate the impact of CDHPs on health costs. The monograph examines the theoretical impact of a shift to CDHPs on the various health care system participants. (January 31, 2004)