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).

Institute Leads National Presentation on Practice Facilitation

Announcements March 1, 2017

Last week Q Corp Senior Program Director Kate Elliott facilitated a national webinar for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, a CMS-funded initiative to support more than 140,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies. This webinar featured a panel of top-notch practice facilitators, including three from Oregon. Read more here.

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.