USE CASE: Effects of Utilization and Referral Patterns on Outcomes

The University of Massachusetts is renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and excellence of its research, and its enduring adherence to its public service mission.

 Project Summary: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are using CO APCD data to examine the relationship between referral and utilization patterns and cost, access, quality, and utilization outcomes.

Benefit to Colorado: Results from this study will provide insights into the effects of referral and utilization patterns on spending, utilization, and health care quality. This information will help policymakers, providers, and payers make considered decisions to improve care and lower costs for Coloradans.