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  • If Colorado does indeed move toward more integrated, Kaiser-like health systems—which don’t process “claims” in the same fashion as other health plans—won’t that make the CO APCD obsolete?

Not at all. The majority of the information collected from payers is the same regardless of the payment mechanism and will allow understanding of utilization, effectiveness, quality and overall costs. The CO APCD will allow services and their costs to be aggregated so that appropriate comparisons can be made. Over time, elements of how health plans submit their data to us will evolve along with the payment mechanisms. But there will still be a need for the type of information in the database.

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