The 2014 Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) annual report prepared for the Governor's office and General Assembly is now available.
The report explains the unique design and unparalleled capabilities of Colorado's APCD, provides samples of the types of reports available, and identifies significant accomplishments made in 2014 including:
- The unprecedented release of cost and quality data to consumers on www.comedprice.org,
- Implementation of a scholarship fund to offset financial constraints for custom data requests for qualified organizations,
- Addition of Medicare claims into the database, and
- Use of custom data to inform local and national health care improvement initiatives.
This year's report also identifies upcoming milestones in 2015 and beyond such as:
- Planned expansion of www.comedprice.org to include price information for additional health care services across ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and physician office groups,
- Incorporation of claims from self-funded payers,
- The anticipated usage of the CO ACPD in several statewide initiatives such as the State Innovation Model, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, and
- The financial plan for sustaining the APCD.
The Colorado APCD provides the transparency essential to identify opportunities for health care innovation and effectively drive the market. It has received national notoriety as one of the most advanced in the country, and is a unique resource for policymakers, employer purchasers, providers, researchers, consumers and other organizations seeking to understand and address variations in price, cost of care, spending and utilization. Going forward, the APCD will continue to become an even more valuable resource as it equips patients and employers with the tools and information they need to make more informed purchasing decisions.
Access the full report here.