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CIVHC Awarded National Center for Healthcare Transparency Planning Grant

CIVHC was recently awarded a Regional Data Center Collaborative planning grant from the Center for Healthcare Transparency (CHT). The CHT is a national initiative led by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) that seeks to coordinate and leverage the innovative work being done by 14 state and regional health care improvement organizations. The grant will support CIVHC participation in an 18-month process to develop a five year plan to make meaningful and actionable information on cost, quality and patient experience available for half of the U.S. population by 2020. CIVHC was chosen for participation in this project, in part, because of the success of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (APCD), the innovative public reporting available through the website and established HIPAA/HITECH compliant processes for data release to support a wide variety of research and public health purposes.

Increasing transparency by making available credible and actionable information on cost and quality provides all stakeholders with a better understanding of opportunities to improve the performance of the U.S. health care system. Comparative cost and quality information allows consumers and employers to make better informed decisions regarding where to seek care. This information also allows providers to better understand performance relative to that of their peers and identify opportunities to improve care while reducing costs. Availability of comparative cost and quality information at a national level will support implementation of new payment models that reward quality outcomes and value, and allow measurement and understanding of the impact of delivery system changes including programs to better coordinate patient care.

Throughout the 18-month grant period, CIVHC will collaborate with other regional health care improvement organizations to identify common standards and best practices for data collection, management, integration, analysis, public reporting and publication of comparative cost, quality and patient experience information. These standards and best practices will form the foundation of future CHT projects to implement successful local strategies on a national basis. NRHI and PBGH are actively pursuing opportunities to link CHT activities with existing state and federal programs and policy efforts intended to improve health and the quality of care provided while reducing costs.

For more information about CHT and the Regional Data Center Collaborative and planning grants, please read the NRHI announcement available at:

If you have questions related to CIVHC participation the CHT Regional Data Center Collaborative project, contact Jonathan Mathieu, Director of Data and Research, at

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