Health Management Associates (HMA), a health policy research firm, released their qualitative evaluation of NRHI’s Total Cost of Care Phase I Pilot Project (TCoC Phase I). The project was designed to leverage healthcare data to reduce healthcare costs and improve care nationally; five member RHICs participated in the pilot.
HMA’s evaluation, titled Total Cost of Care Regional Initiative Phase I Evaluation, brings a neutral perspective to the project results and substantiates the project team’s findings. HMA was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the RHICs early experiences, identify promising practices, and highlight critical learnings.
“A key accomplishment of Phase I was the beginning of serious conversations among stakeholders about the potential benefits of cost transparency,” noted the report. The report goes on to identify successful strategies, and calls specific attention to lessons learned around stakeholder engagement, data quality, and collaboration among RHICs.