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Blog: States taking lead in healthcare cost control
Modern Healthcare

Some state-level efforts to reduce healthcare costs without sacrificing quality are working and should be replicated by others states, especially because local government is more poised to make changes than the federal government, according to a report released Monday.

The Center for American Progress studied successful state initiatives like bundled payments, all-payer claims databases and cost-growth goals. The authors say states are in the best position to try these methods because reform is more politically feasible and programs can be tailored to a state’s specific demographics.

The state’s programs have common themes of improving care coordination, collecting more data and making that data more transparent. That allows states to focus on paying for quality over quantity.