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Why are Prices so High in Health Care?

Jay-Want-for-print.jpgFor 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.

 

 

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Undoing American Healthcare

Why assuming we’re rational about health care may be a dangerous assumption

I am reading a wonderful book called The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, about the development of behavioral economics by two of its pioneers, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.  One point of their work over five decades is that while we think we make decisions rationally and objectively, in actuality, our thinking and valuation of things are fluid, and uses different criteria with different weights at different times.

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Community Change Agent Chat Briefing - Colorado PERA

The Change Agent Chat Series is a collection of interviews with boots-on-the-ground organizations and individuals working to advance lower cost and better care for all Coloradans. Join us on the 4th Friday of every month from 12-12:30pm MT.

On April 28th, 2017, CIVHC's CMO, Jay Want, sat down with Colorado PERA’s Executive Director, Greg Smith, to discuss the PERACare Select program that bundles hip and knee replacements into one payment.
 

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Five Things I think About the Next Phase of Health Care Reform

By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC CMO

This is not the end of Obamacare; it’s the beginning.

In a surprising move, Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act, the Republican ACA repeal and replace bill, last Friday. It had become clear that there was no movement to the left or the right that would garner enough votes to allow passage in the House.

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We've Only Just Begun

2017 marks the 5th Anniversary of implementation of the CO APCD. We continue to look forward to increasing the use and availability of the data in years to come.

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Is the ERISA Supreme Court Decision Doom and Gloom for Colorado?

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a national reporter about how the Supreme Court’s Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual decision impacts Colorado’s All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD). She was surprised to learn that our perspective is significantly different from that of other states with APCDs, who feel the decision greatly affects the value of their database. While the CO APCD would certainly benefit from adding claims from self-insured employers that fall under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Colorado is already gaining valuable insights from the database and those insights will only improve as we add voluntary claims from ERISA self-insured employers.

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