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IUPUI: Rising Health Care Costs in Indiana Addressed in New Report

A new report from researchers at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health – Indianapolis (IUPUI) details a unique, actionable framework that Indiana leaders can use to address rising health care costs in the state.

The report, “Addressing Factors that Affect Health Care Costs: Recommendations for Indiana Stakeholders,” was led by Dr. Nir Menachemi, Richard M. Fairbanks Endowed Chair, professor and chair of the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management, and Dr. Paul Halverson, professor and founding dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health. They designed the report to help move Indiana toward a statewide strategic plan to lower health care costs — especially through coordinated efforts to improve the health of Hoosiers.

“Stakeholders in Indiana have been concerned about rising health care costs,” Dr. Menachemi said. “While there has been some discussion around individual factors that affect health care costs in Indiana, this is the first report that comprehensively covers a wide range of evidence-based best practices.

“The recommendations we outline can be used to develop a statewide strategic plan that will bring everyone together to focus on what we can all agree on: lower costs and better health for all people in Indiana.”

The report includes three main sections:

Each of the 16 factors that affect rising health care costs was derived from consultation with experts, stakeholders and public calls for policy changes.

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