State lawmakers unveil the Healthscore CT cost estimator

Published on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:36
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PLAINVILLE - State Representative William Petit Jr., (R-22), the ranking member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, joined the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS), Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and other state lawmakers Tuesday in unveiling the Healthscore CT cost estimator, a consumer tool that allows users to compare the cost of medical care at Connecticut hospitals and provider networks.

The interactive website allows consumers and providers to search, sort, and filter by location, health measure, provider, network quality rating, and cost.

“, the new online healthcare cost estimator, will be an invaluable tool to help people find the most cost-effective options though they should still confer with their physician so that their situation specific issues are appropriately considered,” said Petit. “This tool will ensure that our health system becomes more transparent. I am proud to see that Connecticut has worked in a bipartisan manner to keep quality healthcare at the forefront of policy making, and see to it that both consumers and providers will benefit from this website.”

The Healthscore CT cost estimator pulls information from the state’s All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) and allows users to compare the cost of specific procedures offered by medical providers throughout the state. There must be five or more claims per service for that provider to be included in the survey. The cost data range reflects the payments made by insurers for particular inpatient and outpatient procedures-claims for which all Connecticut-regulated insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are required to submit to the APCD. The site currently contains nearly 50 inpatient and outpatient services; new measures will be added regularly. At the launch, the cost estimator included nearly 234,500 lives and 263,700 medical procedures.

The cost estimator launch follows the quality scorecard, which was unveiled in August 2019. The scorecard, supported by a $45 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, uses national standard measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and consumer experience measures derived from Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) consumer surveys. It employs a five-star system to rate healthcare organizations on health measures determined by the State Innovation Model Quality Council-an advisory body made up of consumer advocates, providers, community organizations, state agencies, and payers. The scorecard uses information from nearly 465,000 patients of 19 accountable care organizations throughout Connecticut and can help providers and payers improve their facilities and health insurance plans.

State Rep. William A Petit Jr., represents the 22nd House district, which includes Plainville and New Britain.

-Rep. Bill Petit

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:36. Updated: Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:38.