The New Hampshire Institute of Health Policy and Practice, an applied research institute located within the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, will deploy SAS Claims Analytics for all-payer claims database , for its analyses of geographic and regional costs and quality to support Accountable Care Development.

“The ability to quickly explore health data will greatly improve health care policy decision-making,” said Josephine Porter, accredited master of public health, deputy director, New Hampshire Institute of Health Policy and Practice (NHIHPP). “Our partner sites statewide will soon be able to easily access and visually display population, cost and utilization data. This will enable our project partners to interpret and discuss results much more effectively. This system also advances transparency by letting the public view analyses at state and regional levels.”

To meet the new demands from local, county and state entities/regulators for quick answers to questions such as, "How much does an MRI or hip replacement cost in each county?" or, "Are there enough primary care physicians to meet the needs of each county?", state governments are developing all-payer claims database (APCDs), statewide repositories of medical, dental and pharmacy claims from public and private health care payers, SAS said. And elements of SAS Claims Analytics for APCD are designed to enable states to better understand and identify cost, quality and accessibility variations across plans and providers. The new setup will create a data warehouse to store health care claims and other clinical data, SAS said. 

“State governments and policymakers are realizing the benefit of harnessing big data to improve collaboration and transparency,” said Dr. Graham Hughes, chief medical officer for SAS. “Building price transparency into a state’s health care system requires an APCD that can withstand the rigors of big data. With reliable access to comparative information on cost and quality, policymakers are better informed and consumers have the power to choose – reducing health care costs and improving quality of care.”

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