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CIVHC a Partner in National RWJF Health Care Cost Initiative

Project Instrumental in Lowering Health Care Costs in Communities

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is one of five key national partners collaborating on a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative to identify drivers of health care costs and develop strategies to reduce spending at the community level.

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), which is the national association for Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs), is leading the effort. Five RHICs, including CIVHC, will conduct regional data analysis and partner with stakeholders in their region to understand cost drivers and identify solutions. Other partners include Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation, Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, Minnesota Community Measurement, and the Midwest Health Initiative in Missouri.

This initiative differs from other health care cost studies in that it will evaluate regional costs for commercial payers where traditionally only Medicare cost data has been analyzed.

“It’s a fact that health care costs and quality vary across Colorado and the U.S. What we don’t know definitively is why,” said Edie Sonn, CIVHC’s Interim CEO. “This funding allows CIVHC to utilize Colorado All Payer Claims Database information to identify the true drivers of health care costs. The collective strategies developed through this project will provide guidance to communities that are interested in using cost data to help make health care better and more affordable.”

RWJF selected RHICs for this project because they are uniquely positioned to work with local providers, patients and other stakeholders to use this data to improve care at the community level.

The work will be conducted over an 18-month period and will explore a common measurement standard of cost and resource use across the participating regions. CIVHC and its partners will create a benchmark to reliably compare regional costs and resource use, and engage in multi-stakeholder dialogue to further understand the results and come up with ways of using this information to reduce costs. Focused efforts with provider partners will create a curriculum for teaching providers how to turn the reporting into strategies for reducing costs. The project will culminate in a national summit that will review the results of this research and its implications nationally.

View CIVHC's RWJF grantee description

About CIVHC: The Center for Improving Value in Health Care is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to identifying and advancing initiatives across Colorado that enhance consumers’ health care experiences, contain costs and improve the health of Coloradans by creating an efficient, high quality and transparent health care system. For more information about the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, visit

About Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

About NRHI: The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing regional multi-stakeholder groups working towards achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and all of its members are non-profit organizations, separate from state government, working directly with physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients using data to improve health care. For more information, visit us on the web at