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Scientifically tested

HealthPartners tested the reliability and validity of the Total Cost Index (TCI) and Resource Use Index (RUI) measures. Data for the Twin Cities metro and regional area primary care providers, for three years, was used. These measures were reviewed and deemed credible by the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) independent statistical consultant.

Scientifically tested and NQF endorsed

HealthPartners TCOC measures were endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) using Johns Hopkins’ Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACGs).

Tested for reliability

Ensures that measures are substantively meaningful and relate to one another as intended.

Tested for validity

Ensures that measures are substantively meaningful and relate to one another as intended.

Other risk adjusters tested

HealthPartners has performed additional reliability and validity testing to support organizations that utilize other risk adjusters. The purpose of these analyses is to show that other risk adjusters produce reliable and valid TCOC results; however, it remains the user’s responsibility to select the risk adjuster that best meets their needs.

Optum Symmetry Episode Risk Groups (ERG)