WHIO Chosen for Total Cost of Care Project

November 16, 2015

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) announced today that the Wisconsin Health Information Organization was selected to join a groundbreaking Total Cost of Care (TCoC) pilot program.

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) announced today that the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) was selected to join a groundbreaking Total Cost of Care (TCoC) pilot program. The TCoC project, led by NRHI and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), was developed to identify the drivers of regional health care costs and develop strategies to reduce spending at the community level.

Begun in 2013, Phase I of the TCoC project brought together five Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) to report the cost of health care at the primary practice level in their communities. The group developed a standard way to implement total cost of care reports that enable direct comparisons from one physician to another and across states.

In Phase II of the TCoC project, WHIO is one of four organizations and two expansion sites to join the original five in broadening the project’s focus to include breaking down barriers to reporting total cost of health care in their communities.

“WHIO is honored to join this exciting pilot program to increase transparency and reduce the rising cost of health care,” said WHIO CEO Josephine Musser. “In little more than two years, we’ve seen billed health care costs in Wisconsin rise from $80.4 billion to $88.8 billion. These numbers are staggering and must be contained. WHIO’s robust database of claims information will greatly enhance the findings and resultant strategies of the TCoC project,” Musser said.

For more information on the TCoC project, click here.

About WHIO:
The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin.

About NRHI:
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing regional multi-stakeholder groups working towards achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and all of its members are non-profit organizations, separate from state government, working directly with physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients using data to improve healthcare. For more information, visit us on the web at www.nrhi.org.

About RWJF:
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.