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New Funding Allows Organizations to License Health Care Data In Support of Efforts Aimed at Improving Health, Improving Care and Lowering Costs

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) and the department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) announced today $500,000 in new funding approved through the Colorado General Assembly to enable public and nonprofit organizations to license data from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD).

The new funding allows organizations to license health care data in support of efforts aimed at improving health, improving care and lowering costs - the three pillars of the Triple Aim. The funding is available on a quarterly, first-come, first-serve basis to small non-profits, state agencies and research organizations.

This is the second year that scholarship funds have been made available by the Colorado General Assembly. Last year the $500,000 was awarded to organizations aiming to advance health care and lower costs. As an example, during the previous funding cycle, Oral Health Colorado and its multiple partners used scholarship funds for a project aimed at reducing the number of unnecessary emergency department visits for dental issues.

"In Colorado, we have an opportunity to help patients access appropriate dental care services when they are experiencing non-traumatic dental issues," said Deborah L. Foote, Oral Health Colorado's executive director. "With APCD data, we're identifying where the bulk of unnecessary emergency department visits are occurring and we plan to focus our education and outreach efforts in those geographic areas accordingly."

Project Angel Heart, an organization that delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life for those coping with life-threatening illnesses, also received a scholarship last year to enable access to critical information in the CO APCD that can support their mission.

"With claims data from the APCD, we can evaluate the impact our program has on health care spending and improving patient outcomes," said Erin Pulling, president and CEO of Project Angel Heart. "Previously, we haven't had access to this type of information – data that allows us to demonstrate the return on investment for our services within the community."

Click here for details on eligibility, matching fund requirements and types of data and awards available for the program, or contact ColoradoAPCD@civhc.org for more information.

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