Annual Reports
HCCI’s Health Care Cost and Utilization Reports

Yearly reviews of spending, price and utilization trends for commercially-insured Americans. Learn more about our methodology, definitions, and other resources.

Nov
30

Measuring the Prevalence of Obesity Using a Distributed Electronic Health Record Network

Obesity is a serious and costly chronic disease that has been increasingly common among the U.S. population. Electronic health record (EHR) data have the potential to support research and patient care interventions. The timeliness and availability of aggregated clinical data can be used in near-real time to monitor obesity prevalence based on body mass index (BMI) at the population-level to guide ...

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Nov
16

Telehealth Use Increased more than 50-fold for Primary Care Visits and Behavioral Health Services in Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Telehealth facilitates medical care, allows for the sharing of health information, and offers patient health education through remote communication. In 2020, the onset of the public health emergency prompted many localities to restrict in-person gatherings to prevent transmission of the virus. Health care providers responded by expanding telehealth services in an effort to continue serving their p...

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Nov
15

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in 2020 were Highest for People Living in the Most Socially Vulnerable Areas and American Indian and Alaska Native People

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally shifted health and health care in the US in 2020. Hospitals have been central to responding to the pandemic and treating COVID, which means that hospitalizations can provide an important lens to understanding the pandemic's impact. Earlier HCCI research looked at hospital use and spending among people with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) before t...

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Nov
12

HCCI Spotlights National Diabetes Month: ESI Enrollees with Diabetes Face High Out-of-Pocket Costs. A Cap on Insulin Costs Would Help Many.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects over 10% of the U.S. population. It is possible for people  who are diagnosed with diabetes to live a healthy, long life if the condition is managed properly. However, management often involves significant health care use, which can be costly for patients. Over the past few months, we used HCCI's commercial claims dataset to e...

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Nov
10

Prevention and Screening Rates among ESI Enrollees are Lower in Rural and Socially Vulnerable Areas, with Smaller Differences in Medication Adherence

Inequities in health care access and outcomes among vulnerable populations are well-documented, as is the fact that where you live affects health outcomes to a similar or even greater extent than your health behaviors. Previous HCCI work shows that employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) plays an important role in many vulnerable communities. Among the population in the United States with health...

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