- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Health-care leaders have asked Rhode Island’s top elected officials to back efforts improving health care delivery in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) that a group convened several months ago by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Neil Steinberg, president and chief executive of the Rhode Island Foundation, wrote to Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

The group says that among the goals for 2015 are developing a strategy to control costs, such as linking health-care inflation to the gross state product, a measurement of the economic output of a state.

Members of the group also call for health providers, insurers, employers and consumers to collaborate with the state. It also says baseline information on health-care spending should be collected to track progress.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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