March 28, 2018

These reports, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provide a monthly summary of key trends in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

They are related to, but distinct from, the Center for Sustainable Health Spending Health Sector Economic Indicators.

The trend reports make direct use of the Quarterly Services Survey (QSS), the timeliest source of detailed, survey-based spending information for health care services, which account for more than 70% of national health spending.

Each quarter, when new QSS data are released (March, June, September, and December), we will publish an expanded version of this report with a more detailed analysis of health care services trends.

The regular monthly reports will supplement the most recent full quarterly analysis with new data on other aspects of health spending, health care prices and utilization, employment and early indications of the trends for the next quarter.