Consultants hired to study options for CT to improve value in health care purchasing

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Bailit Health has been hired to work with the Healthcare Cabinet for a study to identify successful practices in other states and make recommendations to the General Assembly by Dec. 1st. Researchers will collect successful cost containment practices from other states and identify factors that are driving health care cost growth in CT.  Recommendations will include a system to monitor costs, identify high cost providers, and assist them to improve value as well as development of insurance standards that reward value, and policies to mitigate cost drivers. The researchers emphasized that every state is different and they will ensure that the recommendations will be tailored to CT’s unique features. The study was included in SB-811passed last year; advocates sent a sign on letter supporting the study and offering to help.