Tracking Private and Medicare Costs by Clinical Condition


Policymakers and health system leaders need better information about which clinical conditions account for a majority of total public and private health care spending. Effective policies also require a clear understanding of what contributes to wide geographic variation in spending across the country and to differences in growth rates for Medicare and private payers. This project aims to create a set of indicators that can be used to identify and track trends in health spending by clinical condition or episode of care. Results from analyses will inform the development of bundled payment systems and other policies to slow spending growth while preserving access to care. Findings also will offer insights about the impact of medical technology on spending growth.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
President and Fellows of Harvard College and Health Care Cost Institute
Principal Investigator:
Michael Chernew, Ph.D. and David Newman, Ph.D., J.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2014

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