Variation in health care quality and cost outcomes frequently occur between geographic areas but there is little understanding of why these variations take place. To gain a better understanding, a five-year study involving four states will work to identify the characteristics of a region or state that influence health quality and cost. These efforts have potential to inform local and federal health care programs and national research interests.
The study is funded by the U.S. Agency for HealthCare Quality and Research (AHRQ), and will utilize insurance claims, patient-experience data, and other qualitative information that is available to the four designated regional health improvement collaborative (RHICs). Data will support their initiative to identify the most high quality, and affordable health care delivery systems within their state.
The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) is excited to announce that Oregon is one of the states selected for the study. Q Corp is partnering with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Harvard University, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, and three other states (Colorado, Massachusetts and Utah) to identify why variations occur within and between states.
"In addition to an all payer claims database covering 3.6 million Oregonians and analytics capabilities, Q Corp is a trusted and known entity in Oregon. We have invested in understanding and partnering with the provider communities over many years. We have a unique understanding of the various marketplaces in Oregon, their histories, how they are structured, and how that in turn impacts quality and cost outcome. “
- Mylia Christensen, Executive Director, Q Corp
“This project is an incredibly important opportunity to showcase the unique capabilities of regional collaborative and their ability to explain their markets quantitatively and qualitatively. Perhaps the most exciting aspect is how those regional entities can inform the national research agenda.”
- Elizabeth Mitchell, President & CEO, NRHI