UTHealth recognized as development site for health care transparency research

Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, M.D., Dr.P.H.

HOUSTON – (Dec. 2, 2015) – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) has named the Center for Healthcare Data Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health as one of four additional development sites for its Quality Reporting and Total Cost of Care project. The project is focused on breaking down barriers to reporting the quality and performance level of health care providers and the total cost of health care in communities.

The project first began in 2013 when five regional health improvement collaborations came together to report quality measures and the cost of health care at the primary care-level in their communities. Through this process, the group developed a standard way to implement transparent reporting to enable comparisons from one physician to another and across states. The overall goal is to inform strategies to contribute to the triple aim of improving quality, reducing cost and improving overall health.

The additional development sites will join the five original and two expansion sites chosen this July to participate in the second phase of the project. As part of their participation in the project, the development sites will help inform and share lessons learned with others reporting total cost of care. UTHealth School of Public Health was awarded a grant to support the development site.

"We are excited to have the Center recognized for its efforts in the application of health care data to report on quality, performance and cost. This is consistent with our long-term goal of becoming a Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services-certified entity for health care reporting," said Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, M.D., Dr.P.H., co-director of the Center for Healthcare Data Research and assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy & Community Health at the School of Public Health.

Trudy Krause, Ph.D.

Trudy Krause, Ph.D., serves as co-director of the Center for Healthcare Data Research and is an associate professor in the Department of Management, Policy & Community Health at the School of Public Health.

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing regional multi-stakeholder groups working to achieving better health, better care and reduced costs through continuous improvement. Additional new sites include the Washington Health Alliance, The Health Collaborative and the Wisconsin Health Information Organization. The Total Cost of Care project was made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

-adapted from a press release by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

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