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January 2022 HCCI Research Highlights

HCCI's data users and staff use our multi-payer, longitudinal commercial claims dataset to study some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. health care system. 

Here we highlight some recent research using HCCI data:

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HCCI 2019 Healthy Marketplace Index

Using nearly 4.2 billion commercial claims from 2015 to 2019, HCCI tracks drivers of health care spending across 185 U.S. cities through the Healthy Marketplace Index (HMI) project. Our full report presents an interactive exploration of each HMI metric and a deep dive into each metro area.
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Private Equity-Owned Air Ambulance Carriers Get Paid More Money and Are Out-of-Network More Often | USC Schaeffer

In this analysis, Adler et al. builds on prior work to document differences in allowed amounts, out-of-network prevalence, and the magnitude of potential surprise balance bills across ownership types in the helicopter air ambulance market.
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States’ Merger Review Authority Is Associated With States Challenging Hospital Mergers, But Prices Continue To Increase | Health Affairs

States can challenge proposed hospital mergers by using antitrust laws to prevent anticompetitive harms. This observational study examined additional state laws—principally charitable trust, nonprofit corporation, health and safety, and certificate-of-need laws—that can serve as complements and substitutes for antitrust laws by empowering states to be notified of, review, and challenge proposed hospital mergers through administrative processes.

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