Blueprint for Building an Effective Statewide Healthcare Cost Benchmark

Discover the key lessons learned from the Massachusetts, Oregon and other state benchmarking models. Click here to view the webinar free on demand, and download free copies of the presentation and companion white paper.

The focus on healthcare cost containment has grown dramatically since Massachusetts enacted the first cost benchmarking program in 2012. Since the program’s inception, commercial spending growth in Massachusetts has dropped below national rates, generating potentially billions of dollars in avoided spending.

Seeking to control their own healthcare costs, many states are assessing how they can build on the Massachusetts model, and three have moved forward with adopting it. Delaware and Rhode Island have implemented streamlined benchmarking initiatives—and the Oregon Legislature has enacted a program that rivals Massachusetts’ in its aspiration to make benchmarking the leading strategy for improving transparency, strengthening accountability, and aligning payers and providers around shared cost control goals.

What do these benchmarking programs have in common—and where do they differ? How are they evolving over time? What can other states seeking to implement benchmarking programs learn from the Massachusetts and Oregon experiences? A recent Manatt Health webinar provided the answers—and we want to be sure you don’t miss any of the important information shared during the program. If you or anyone on your team were unable to attend the webinar—or want to view it again—click here to view it free on demand, access a free copy of the presentation and download our new white paper for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Implementing a Statewide Healthcare Cost Benchmark.”

During the webinar, Manatt Health and our guest presenters—David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and Jeremy Vandehey, Health Policy and Analysis Director, Oregon Health Authority—shared:

  • An overview of healthcare cost benchmarking and its role as a cost containment strategy
  • An analysis of the Massachusetts model, how it’s changing to respond to a dynamic environment and which aspects other states can replicate
  • A discussion of the emerging Oregon model, the motivations driving it, the timeline for implementation and the critical questions that remain to be answered
  • Guidance on operationalizing a sustainable data collection model, including an outline for developing data specifications and insights into the types of support and engagement needed at each stage of the operating cycle
  • The seven areas that states need to consider in developing their own benchmarking programs

If you have any questions or issues you’d like to discuss after viewing the webinar, please reach out to our Manatt Health presenters.


Joel S. Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health
Kevin Casey McAvey, Senior Manager, Manatt Health
David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
Jeremy Vandehey, Health Policy and Analysis Director, Oregon Health Authority

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 5

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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