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Delaware Health Care Benchmark: Myths and Truths

June 11, 2018

By: Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

On September 7th, 2017, Governor John Carney signed House Joint Resolution 7, granting authority to the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to study and plan for a health care spending benchmark for Delaware linked to an overall economic measure for the state. Five months and five public benchmark summits later, Governor Carney issued Executive Order 19, creating an Advisory Group to make recommendations to me, as DHSS Secretary, on the creation of a health care spending benchmark and health care quality benchmarks to begin in 2019.

Independent primary providers are represented on the Health Care Delivery and Cost Advisory Group by James M. Gill, MD, a family physician from Wilmington and a member of the Medical Society of Delaware. Dr. Gill also serves on the Quality Benchmark Subcommittee.

As Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services and as a board-certified family physician, I’d like to address some common myths about the benchmark.

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