Illinois is a leader in transparency, and is currently exploring an all-payer claims database. The APCD is a result of Executive Order 14-01, signed by former Governor Pat Quinn in 2014, establishing the Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation in order to direct the state’s participation in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s State Innovation Model Program. Illinois was awarded up to $2,088,530 to develop its plan, dubbed the Illinois Alliance for Health Innovation Plan. The plan calls for building the APCD to ultimately collect data on commercial plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and the uninsured.
In the past, Illinois sought to decrease healthcare price transparency by amending the state’s Medical Assistance Article that currently requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to disclose certain benchmark, readmission, and hospital expenditure information. That legislation did not pass in the 2016 regular session. Illinois was also the site of two antitrust cases involving hospital mergers, one private antitrust action and one case brought by the FTC. In FTC v. Advocate Health Care Network, the district court granted an injunction on March 7, 2017, and the parties abandoned their merger plans.
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- Illinois was one of 16 states to file an amicus brief supporting the FTC’s winning position in the Ninth Circuit appeal of St. Luke’s Health Care Sys. v. FTC, No. 14-35173 (March 7, 2014), decided February 10, 2015. The States’ brief stated that the acceleration of health care costs due to the growth of large health care provider systems had become a matter of grave concern for the states.