- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State officials are considering capping the total amount spent on health care in Rhode Island.

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday creating a working group on health care innovation.

It will develop a plan to establish a global health spending cap for Rhode Island.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services says the group will look at every dollar spent on public, private and individual plans.

There currently isn’t a precise estimate for overall private spending.

The office says the goal is to incentivize providers to focus on value, rather than volume, and to apply some of the state’s recent Medicaid reforms to the entire system.

The working group’s recommendations are due in December.

Massachusetts established a health care spending cap in 2012 to control annual increases.

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