Controlling Health Care Spending Growth

Drivers of health care costs and slowing the growth in health care spending.

Academy research study, Estimating the Potential Health Care Savings of Reference Pricing, exploring the possibility of using reference pricing to address health care costs, and building upon existing research by estimating the impact of expanding reference pricing to a broader set of health care services. (November 1, 2018)
Health Practice Council Capitol Hill briefing that examines the issues underlying prescription drug spending in the United States. (March 9, 2018)
Prescription Drug Work Group issue brief highlighting prescription drug issues present in our health care system, including cost drivers, the effect on various stakeholders, and possible approaches that might help address the health care cost growth associated with prescription drugs. (March 7, 2018)
Health Practice International Committee issue brief on global aging demographics, quality of life during the end-of-life period, palliative versus curative care, and strategies for address health care challenges at the end of life using case studies from a variety of countries. 
(December 6, 2017)
Health Care Delivery Committee issue brief providing an actuarial overview of comparative effectiveness research, including measuring its impact and its potential to reduce health care costs. (November 17, 2017)
Presentation at the SOA Health Meeting examining telehealth from an international perspective and discussing its theory, practice, and potential. (June 13, 2017)
Cancer Claim Cost Table Work Group presentation to the NAIC’s Health Actuarial Task Force (B) updating the 1985 cancer claim cost tables. (April 5, 2016)
Health Practice International Committee issue brief exploring current wellness initiatives with four international case studies as examples. (July 6, 2015)
Health Care Cost Work Group issue brief addresses health care cost growth in Medicare by providing a framework for understanding and evaluating the options for reforming Medicare and their potential effects on cost growth, quality of care, and access to care. (June 5, 2015)
Health Practice International Task Force issue brief providing an overview of the prevalence and costs associated with diabetes internationally and exploring current diabetes mitigation efforts in seven specific countries. (August 13, 2014)
Health Care Cost Work Group issue brief providing an overview of a number of relatively new care delivery models, as well as some existing but lesser-used models, and examining the potential for each to help slow health care spending and improve health care quality. (April 4, 2014)
Update of a June 2011 fact sheet by the Health Care Quality Work Group providing an overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO program. (December 19, 2012)
Update of a June 2011 issue brief by the Health Care Quality Work Group highlighting a number of actuarial issues that should be considered when designing and implementing accountable care organizations (December 19, 2012)
Medicare Steering Committee comment letter to the members of the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging action to improve the long-term solvency and sustainability of the Medicare program. (August 31, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief offering an actuarial perspective on accountable care organizations (ACOs) and outlining a number of issues that stakeholders should evaluate as ACOs are implemented. (June 16, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group comments to CMS in response to proposed regulations on accountable care organizations and the Medicare Shared Savings Program under the Affordable Care Act. (June 6, 2011)
Medicare Steering Committee issue brief that summarizes the key cost, access, and quality issues associated with some of the Medicare-related provisions in the various debt and deficit reduction proposals. (May 12, 2011)
Health Care Quality Work Group issue brief defining value-based insurance design (VBID), providing an overview of its prevalence, examining barriers to implementation, and reviewing policy considerations. (June 1, 2009)
Consumer-Driven Health Plans Work Group monograph summary of results from several experience studies on Consumer-Driven Health Plans. (May 1, 2009)
Uninsured Work Group's Capitol Hill briefing on the information provided in the health spending growth issue brief. (September 22, 2008)