Total Cost of Care
Designed to support affordability initiatives, to identify instances of overuse and inefficiency, and to highlight cost-saving opportunities.
HealthPartners’ Total Cost of Care and Resource Use (TCOC) framework addresses one of the most fundamental problems related to population health: rising health care costs. It is a full-population, person-centered measurement tool that accounts for 100% of the care provided to a patient. Additionally, it supplies a reporting suite to support multiple levels of analysis.
HealthPartners has been developing health care cost of care and resource use measures since 1995. The National Quality Forum endorsed HealthPartners’ Total Cost Index (TCI) and Resource Use Index (RUI) measures in 2012 and re-endorsed them in 2017.
Total Cost of Care white paper
An in-depth look at TCOC.
Resource use white paper
A detailed review of the building blocks of resource use measurement.
Reporting suite overview.
TCOC is widespread throughout the United States.
- Population-based model
- Attributable to medical groups for accountability
- Includes all care, treatment costs, places of service, and provider types
- Measures overall performance relative to other groups
- Illness-burden adjusted
- Drillable to condition, procedure, and service level
- Identifies price differences and utilization drivers
Fulfilling the Triple Aim
TCOC measurement supports HealthPartners’ commitment to achieve the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim.
In the news
- MN Community Measurement – Medical Group comparison of Cost, Price & Resource Use
- Maine Health Management Coalition receives NQF Quality Award using HealthPartners’ TCOC
- HealthPartners’ Medical Director Participating in CMS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network
- Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement – Building Transparency
- AJMC – Making Measurement Meaningful
- AJMC – Tracking Spending Using a Distributed Data Model
- A commentary on Measuring and Assigning Accountability for Healthcare Spending
- PQC and NQF affordability webinar on HealthPartners’ TCOC
- HealthPartners’ Medical Director addressing FTC – Examining Health Care Competition
- Consumer Reports - TCOC vs. Quality
For more information about TCOC, email the Health Informatics team at firstname.lastname@example.org.