A new interactive Condition Prevalence report is now available based on data in the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD). The report provides information to help Change Agents find ways to identify variation in chronic and life-threatening health conditions across the state with the ultimate goal of improving the health of Coloradans.

Chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, depression and heart disease, and life-threatening cancers, can significantly impact the lives and lifestyles of those affected, leading to high health care costs, and sometimes premature death. New interactive condition prevalence reports available from the CO APCD help identify which parts of the state and which patient demographics have higher prevalence of chronic conditions including:

  • Chronic Conditions:
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes Type I & II
    • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Depression
    • Hypertension
  • Cancers:
    • Breast
    • Cervical
    • Colorectal
    • Lung

Similar to the Cost of Care, Utilization and Quality of Care interactive reports also available on www.civhc.org, this new report enables viewers to evaluate chronic condition trend information to see how different counties, county groupings (rural and urban), and Health Statistics Regions compare to each other. This geographic information helps communities benchmark themselves to others and find opportunities to improve health at the local level.

A Chronic Condition Insights document that summarizes some of the key disparities we’ve noticed so far in the chronic condition prevalence data is also available. A few highlights include:

  • Of the conditions available, Hypertension is the most frequently diagnosed among insured Coloradans (12% of all Coloradans have a Hypertension diagnosis)
  • Over 5% of all Coloradans had a Depression diagnosis in 2015
  • Diabetes Type II diagnoses are up 27% for Medicare Advantage patients from 2012-2015
  • In general, Asthma, Depression, and Diabetes Type II rates are highest in the Southeast portion of the state
  • Central mountain counties, including Gunnison, Pitkin and Eagle have some of the lowest prevalence of most conditions including Hypertension, Diabetes, COPD and CHF.

Advancing transparency is foundational to CIVHC’s commitment to empowering individuals, communities, and organizations working to advance the Triple Aim, and publicly reporting data from the CO APCD helps us achieve our mission to support Change Agents seeking to create positive, lasting change.

We welcome any feedback you may have on this latest report from the CO APCD by contacting us at info@civhc.org.

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