New Reports Show Blueprint is Lowering Health Costs

The first report, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), showed that the Blueprint has slowed the growth of total Medicare spending for patients in participating practices. That report is available here. The second report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focused on the Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, which is part of the Blueprint for Health. This report showed that SASH participants cost Medicare an average of $1,756 less per member per year than non-SASH-enrolled Vermonters and an average of $2,197 less per member per year than non-SASH-enrolled New Yorkers. The full report is here.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin spoke of these findings Wednesday, saying “It’s clear that the Blueprint is lowering health care costs for Vermonters, reducing the need for emergency care, and helping Vermonters lead healthier lives. As we work to transition to a health care system that rewards quality of care over quanity of care, the Blueprint will be an important part of Vermont’s health care future.”