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By Monica E. Oss

So much of health care policy and practice is driven by trying to “bend the cost curve,” which is why we spend a lot of time analyzing costs and changes in costs. The challenge is that there is no ‘master cost book’ for health and human services so I’m sharing some of the most interesting cost data from our work at OPEN MINDS during the past few years.

The Big Picture

Health Benefit Costs

Health Care Service Costs

Costs Per Consumer

Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs:

Whether or not you are a “numbers person,” cost data paints an interesting picture – particularly from the standpoint of payer executives, health plan managers, and consumers. It’s also a topic that I see more frequently in consumer media circles as an increasing number of industry professionals embrace the value of cost transparency. For more on the costs of health and human services, check out these resources in the OPEN MINDS Industry Resource Library:

  1. Using Data To Reduce Costs & Improve Care – Integrated Care Done Right
  2. The Chronic Condition Multiplier Effect On Health Care Cost
  3. ‘Back To The Future’ With Self-Funded Employer Health Insurance?
  4. Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs – Down For Most, Up For Some
  5. Virtual Physical Rehabilitation Is As Effective As In-Person Services
  6. Among Canadian Adults With Chronic Diseases, Those With Mental Disorders Have Higher Health Costs
  7. 62% Of Individuals With Employer-Based Insurance Have A Chronic Disease
  8. Managing The Cost Of Services—Matters Now More Than Ever
  9. How Far Does $3.3 Billion Go?
  10. Costs Of Complex Consumers Dominate Health Policy Concerns

We’ll continue the discussion of efficient, effective care delivery during The 2019 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute on October 28 during the session, “How To Implement New Technology Effectively: An OPEN MINDS Seminar On Best Practice Technology Implementation For Maximum Return” delivered by OPEN MINDS Senior Associate David E. Wawrzynek

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