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Feb 10, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by
CIVHC Partners, CO APCD, Cost Transparency, Data, database, Health, Information, All Payer Claims Database
The latest long, fairly difficult to remember acronym to come into play for CIVHC and the Colorado All Payer Claims Database is “HRCMT”. While none of us have been waiting around to learn another health care acronym, the Healthcare Regional Cost Measurement and Transparency project has the promise to make a big impact nationally using data from the Colorado APCD and other similar databanks in other states.
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
CO APCD, The Colorado Trust, database, Health, Information, All Payer Claims Database
In six years of college, I never heard the phrase, “we have a scholarship for you.” No, it didn’t take me six years to finish a college degree; that was my little brother, who ironically enough was actually offered a scholarship. In my six years between undergraduate and graduate school, the phrase “we have a bill for you” was the one I heard. Back then I never would have anticipated that one day I would help run a program to provide scholarship money to organizations in pursuit of improving health care.
Mar 6, 2017 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
Change Agents, CO APCD, All Payer Claims Database
The Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association is a nonprofit, professional organization with nearly 2500 members.
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
Care Transitions, CO APCD, Triple Aim, claims, Health, Information, All Payer Claims Database
During my first 30+ days it has been exciting to hear positive feedback from our various stakeholders regarding CIVHC, its staff and management team, and our future potential. Most see the value of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) and the strong potential of claims data in informing and driving health care reform. In fact, at the national level we recently received a letter of commendation from Dr. Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Care Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University, highlighting the value of the recent launch of consumer-focused price information and how the CO APCD differentiates health care price transparency in a way unlike any other APCD in the country. We consider ourselves stewards of this important resource for the state and it is our commitment to continue to make this valuable data and information more readily available and actionable.
Apr 8, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by
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Part II: Understanding health care claims data available on www.cohealthdata.org
Last month, in the first installment in this series, I explained risk adjustment and burden of illness concepts in more or less plain English to give readers and my fellow health data policy wonks (there’s that word again!) a better sense of what these concepts mean in practice. In this second installment, I will demonstrate how these concepts apply to the Total Cost of Care Compared to Expected (C2E) reports available on www.cohealthdata.org.
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
Bundled Payments, CO APCD, Colorado All Payer Claims Database, Controlling Costs, Cost Transparency, Health Reform, Price Transparency, Triple Aim, All Payer Claims Database
For many years we have been assuming that if Medicare costs were low in a particular region, like Grand Junction on our Western Slope, then commercial insurance costs were also likely to be relatively low.
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Jonathan Friesen
CIVHC Partners, CO APCD, Triple Aim, All Payer Claims Database
I am excited to be a part of CIVHC and working again in Colorado! My first official day was August 4, 2014, and within a few days I was in awe of the number of health care improvement activities occurring in Colorado and all there is to learn. To get up to speed as quickly as possible, my calendar is already full of meetings with staff, key stakeholders and business leaders that play an essential role in the success of CIVHC. Of critical importance is hearing directly from you and understanding the important role you play in Colorado’s health care landscape and what support CIVHC might be able to provide you along your journey.
Dec 22, 2015 | 1 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
Colorado All Payer Claims Database, Health Reform, Price Transparency, Triple Aim, CO APCD
Anyone who’s looked at an impressionist painting at close range knows that until you step back and look at the whole picture, it’s hard to know what you’re really looking at. The recent New York Times article, “The Experts Were Wrong About the Best Places for Better and Cheaper Health Care,” demonstrates this phenomenon perfectly.
Feb 21, 2017 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
CO APCD, Triple Aim, Analytics, Reporting, Transparency, All Payer Claims Database
We took a moment to chat with Dave, our VP of Analytics and Data Ops, to learn about his team, the coolest projects happening at CIVHC, and the new vendors
Jun 6, 2016 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
CO APCD, Colorado All Payer Claims Database, Cost Transparency, Price Transparency, Triple Aim, All Payer Claims Database
Introduction to the series, and administrating the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD).
Jan 9, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Cari Frank
CO APCD, Triple Aim, claims, Data, database, All Payer Claims Database
As I look back on my first year with CIVHC as the Director of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (APCD), and the first full year with an operational APCD, I think it is important to reflect on how this state resource has grown and how it’s being used across Colorado. I’m going to borrow from David Letterman’s “Top Ten List” approach to benchmark the progress of Colorado’s APCD and leave you with the APCD goals for 2014.
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by Cari Frank
CO APCD, Controlling Costs, Cost Transparency, Triple Aim, Medicaid, All Payer Claims Database
The news is riddled with stories of frustrations over the cost of health care and the lack of transparent information available to patients and employer purchasers. Look at the responses to the recent Time magazine article about bloated hospital costs, and the release of Medicare information about the wide variations in hospital pricing: consumers are aghast at high and wildly varying prices, especially in light of little information about quality.
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by
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The Colorado APCD currently contains approximately 86 million medical claims and about 100 million pharmacy claims submitted by commercial health insurance companies and Medicaid. These claims currently reflect health care utilization and spending for the period 2009 through 2012 and represent nearly 3.1 million unique Coloradans. I speak from personal experience when I say that this is a lot of claims data! Despite the vast amount of claims currently in the APCD, the public website www.cohealthdata.org doesn’t reflect all of the claims received or all health care services provided in Colorado.
May 8, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Cari Frank
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My two 79 year-old parents recently marveled at the ease at which they can see results from lab tests and x-rays from University Hospital’s patient portal at their own convenience before going to see their doctors for their follow-up visit. They were thrilled that their personal health information is available to them, right in front of them, just as their physician sees it. And shouldn’t they? This is their health information and it’s vital to help them engage and take care of themselves.
Jun 6, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by Ana English
Cost Transparency, Health Data Affiliate, Triple Aim, Data, CO APCD
Earlier this week, Phil Kalin and I had the pleasure of attending Health Datapalooza IV in Washington D.C. The event is the brain child of Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States (what an incredibly cool job title!). The conference brought together many of the brightest minds in the country who are working to solve the health care challenges we face today by releasing health care data, or as Todd Park put it, “Data Liberacion!”. Just four years ago, this event was a meeting of 46 people in a small conference room in DC. These visionaries understood how the release of health care data could change the way we deliver health care in this country and committed to expanding the availability and uses of health care data for public good. This year, the event had over 2000 attendees including IT experts, health care providers, government agencies and policy institutes.
Mar 2, 2017 | 2 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
Colorado All Payer Claims Database, Plaintalk Blog, CO APCD
So, we’ve explained what an All Payer Claims Database is and all the exciting things that it can do; but, why on earth would Colorado what such a thing? How did the CO APCD come to be and what, exactly, is Colorado supposed to do with it?
Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by
CO APCD, Consumer Engagement, Cost Transparency, claims, Data, database, Health, Information, payer, All Payer Claims Database
If you’ve spent time looking at health care cost, utilization and quality data (and who hasn’t!), you have no doubt come across the terms risk adjustment and burden of illness. Unless you are a down in the weeds health policy data wonk (that term is used here in the most affectionate way!), you may be utterly baffled as to what all of this means.
Jul 11, 2014 | 1 comments | Posted by Edie Sonn
CO APCD, Health Reform, claims, Data, database, Health, Information, All Payer Claims Database
On July 31, the Colorado All Payer Claims Database website will launch the first phase of comparative price and quality information for hospitals in Colorado. While this phase will be modest—a baby step—it is nonetheless significant, marking the first time Coloradans will be able to see real pricing information across all commercial payers and Medicaid for hospital-based services.
To understand this better, let’s explore what our baby looks like now, and our plans for helping it grow.
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