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Total Cost of Care

HealthPartners has been developing health care cost of care and resource use measures since 1995. Total Cost of Care, or TCOC, is an innovative method of measuring health care affordability without sacrificing quality or experience. TCOC measures are powerful analytical tools for health plans, providers, medical groups, government agencies, employers, and others with a stake in reducing health care cost trends.

TCOC overview

Executive summary
A brief overview of TCOC and NQF endorsement.

Support and endorsement
TCOC methodology is supported by various organizations.

Supporting research
Research supporting the measurment of cost and resource use for health care affordability.

TCOC is widespread throughout the United States.

White papers and technical papers

Total Cost of Care white paper
An in-depth look at TCOC.

Resource use white paper
A detailed overview of the Total Care Relative Resource Values (TCRRVs™) technique.

Guidelines and considerations for risk-adjusting, case-mixing and segmenting technical paper

Attribution use in Total Cost of Care technical paper

TCOC characteristics

  • Population-based model
  • Includes all care, treatment costs, places of service, and provider types
  • Illness-burden adjusted
  • Identifies price differences and utilization drivers
  • Attributable to medical groups for accountability
  • Measures overall performance relative to other groups
  • Drillable to condition, procedure, and service level

Fulfilling the Triple Aim

TCOC measurement supports HealthPartners’ commitment to achieve the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim.

triple aim graphic improved experience improved health improved affordability