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Total Cost of Care Featured in Employee Benefits Planner

As MN Community Measurement continues to make progress toward a publicly-reported Total Cost of Care measure, our work was highlighted in the Employee Benefits Planner, a quarterly publication for human resource managers. The article, submitted by MNCM’s Health Economist Gunnar Nelson and Chief Operating Officer Tina Frontera, details the journey to develop a true measure of the cost of health care in Minnesota.

MNCM convened a multi-stakeholder group to determine the specifications and methodology for a measure that utilizes the Total Cost Index (TCI) methodology, which was pioneered in Minnesota and endorsed by the National Quality Forum in January 2012. TCI includes all costs associated with treating patients, including professional, facility inpatient and outpatient, pharmacy, lab, radiology, ancillary and behavioral health services.

The measure will obtain data from major Minnesota health plans and will utilize patient attribution processes, risk adjustment and methods of calculation that the multi-stakeholder group agreed upon. Additionally, clinics and medical groups will have an opportunity to review the patient attribution and data prior to it being published. More information will be shared with medical groups later this month.

Read the full article here: Total Cost Article_Employee Benefits Planner_Q2 2014.