Source: The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC)
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Colorado All Payer Claims Database 2016 Annual Report Now Available

CO APCD helps Change Agents across Colorado address health care challenges

DENVER – March 8, 2017 – In their annual report to the Colorado General Assembly, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) details the status of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) and celebrates those using the data to advance the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs.

The 2016 report includes successes and milestones achieved as well as information regarding the sustainability of the CO APCD. The report also highlights local and national Change Agents who used CO APCD data to lower costs, improve care, and work toward better population health. The report’s “Change Agent Gallery” features nine organizations who received custom data for their innovative improvement work.

  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
  • Colorado Division of Insurance
  • Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Chronic Care Collaborative Colorado
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Colorado State Innovation Model
  • Susan G. Komen® Colorado

“It’s incredibly humbling to see how Change Agents are using CO APCD data to make significant changes to our health care system that directly impact lives here in Colorado and across the nation,” notes Ana English, CIVHC President and CEO, “We are honored to be able to support their efforts by providing actionable CO APCD data and analytics that help inform and drive their work.”

The CO APCD continues to be one of the most robust APCDs in the nation.  In 2016, CIVHC focused on taking this important state resource to the next level by enhancing the foundation of the CO APCD and clearing the way for future innovation. These enhancements included strengthening internal data quality and analytics capabilities while gaining external input on how to elevate the value of the CO APCD for Colorado.

One of the most notable achievements accomplished in 2016 was the selection of the new data warehouse vendors, the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and the independent research organization, NORC, at the University of Chicago. CIVHC spent the final months of 2016 working to ensure a seamless transition between vendors and establishing new analytic rules, expanded reporting capabilities and benchmarks.

Other 2016 successes included:

  • Renewal of the CO APCD Scholarship Fund by the Colorado General Assembly. Established in 2014, the Scholarship Fund provides dollars to offset the cost of data for requestors with limited resources.
  • Colorado ranked in the top three states for the degree of consumer access to price information available on and received an “A” grade in pricing transparency from the Catalyst for Payment Reform and Healthcare Cost Incentives Improvement Institute in 2016.
  • CO APCD data informed local and national efforts including Colorado’s State Innovation Model supported by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Read the full report here.

CIVHC ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps Colorado identify ways to pay for, deliver and select high value health care. Through the pioneering Colorado All Payer Claims Database, we offer the state’s most comprehensive health care cost, quality and utilization claims data. We unlock information and provide tools and insights that guide meaningful action to improve health, enhance quality and lower cost. Bringing together a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals to design and drive collective change, CIVHC is devoted to a single cause: advancing an exceptional health care system for Colorado.

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