Drilling Claims Data to Fuel State Health Policy Decisions

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New claims-based datasets offer evidence to inform policymaking decisions, but states are still learning how to use them. This session will review opportunities for states to leverage claims data for policy goals, providing an overview of state APCD experiences and state examples. Two researchers using the Health Care Cost Institute’s (HCCI) national dataset will share their findings: one on state telehealth practice; and another on California’s experience with reference-based pricing and implications for all states.

This session is funded with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation through the Health Care Cost Institute’s State Health Policy Grant Program


Norm Thurston, Representative, Utah State Legislature
norm-thurston Norman Thurston, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS) for the State of Utah. OHCS is responsible for collecting data from the health care system on cost and quality, including the APCD, facilities databases, CAHPS, and HEDIS. Before taking this position in September 2013, Dr. Thurston was the Health Reform Implementation Coordinator for the Governor's Office and has been a policy adviser on health reform since 2005. He has a Ph.D. in economics and was on the economics faculty at Brigham Young University from 1995-2003. Dr. Thurston was recently elected to the Utah House of Representatives and serves on the Health and Human Services committee.


Christopher Whaley, Research Economist, University of California, Berkeley
laura-nasuti Christopher Whaley is a Research Economist at the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. He received his PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Health Economics from UC Berkeley in 2015. His research interests include price transparency and consumer information, health insurance plan design, and provider competition.
Fernando Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
fernando-wilson Fernando A. Wilson is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director with the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilson earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include economic evaluation, telehealth, and immigration disparities. Currently, he is principal investigator on a project funded by the Health Care Cost Institute to monitor the impact of state telehealth policies on healthcare utilization and costs.
PDF-icon Jo Porter, MPH, Interim Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire.