Q Corp Featured in State of Reforms' "5 Things We're Watching"External Link

News March 8, 2017
State of Reform
This summarizes the recent Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) report which looked at cost and utilization across five regional markets (Oregon, Utah, Maryland, St. Louis and Minnesota). The report showed that Oregon health care utilization is lower than in the other regions but average prices are the highest—17% above the regional average (and 25% higher for inpatient).

NRHI Releases First-Ever Cost Comparison ReportExternal Link

News January 26, 2017
The Lund Report
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) released a first-ever comparison of what commercial insurers are paying for healthcare in different regions. This report, featuring Oregon claims data provided by Q Corp's Total Cost of Care initiative, analyzed spending by commercial health insurance plans in five regions nationwide: Oregon, Utah, Maryland, St. Louis, and Minnesota.

Oregon Health Care Prices Dwarf Costs in Other RegionsExternal Link

News January 26, 2017
Portland Business Journal
Oregon emerged as the highest-priced market for health care among five regions studied in a newly issued a cost-comparison. Oregon’s prices came in 17 percent above average in the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement's study. Analysts used commercial claims data from five regions: Oregon, Utah, Maryland, St. Louis and Minnesota. The Oregon Healthcare Quality Corp (Q Corp) collected 2014 claims data from seven Oregon health plans encompassing a third of commercially insured Oregonians.

Health Plans Spend $1,000 More Per Patient Depending On RegionExternal Link

News January 26, 2017
Forbes Magazine
Heath spending by U.S. commercial insurers can vary by $1,000 or more per year per patient, depending on where enrollees live, according to a new analysis. The recent report by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) looked at the total cost of care tied to a physician’s practice on the treatment a patient receives. The network’s analysis examined 2014 data from five regions: Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, St. Louis and Utah, where stakeholders agreed to submit data.

Oregon's Health Care Data OverloadExternal Link

News April 27, 2016
The Oregonian
In health care today, data is king. It can help doctors, nurses and other health care providers improve the ways they deliver care. But the real value of this information comes when everyone agrees on what we want to measure, why we want to measure it and who should collect and report the data. And that's where things get complicated.

Patients Must Be Part Of Defining Quality And Increasing ValueExternal Link

News March 3, 2016
Health Affairs Blog
Both the public and private sectors are working hard to discover ways to transform the system by increasing value and becoming more responsive to patients’ needs and preferences. These efforts typically require health care data so that opportunities to empower patients, improve care, and control costs can be identified.

CMS proposes Enhanced Data, Claim SharingExternal Link

News February 3, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed rules to allow approved qualified entities to share or sell data and analysis of Medicare and private sector claims in hopes of supporting improved care in the healthcare sector.