Cost-containment and Quality Improvement

Quality improvement and cost containment initiatives are often critical to the success of health care reform. The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School helps public agencies understand the relationship between health care costs and quality. Our staff develops strategies that improve quality and keep costs under control — without jeopardizing access.

One of our associates was an original member of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council. The Massachusetts Health Reform Act established the Council to develop and coordinate the implementation of health care quality improvement goals intended to lower or contain growth in health care costs, while improving the quality of care. Members of the Council experience first-hand the challenge of applying state-of-the-art quality improvement concepts to real world circumstances.

Our consulting services provide a range of approaches to health care cost containment and quality:

  • Identifying best practices from other states
  • Conducting literature reviews and research analyses
  • Assessing broader market trends and dynamics
  • Advising on potential regulatory changes at the federal level (e.g. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
  • Educating and informing policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Analyzing specific legislation or policy language
  • Creating written reports and presentations of findings
  • Advising on statutory changes to accommodate new policies
  • Providing access to a network of experts in the field