We cannot manage what we cannot measure. Every state throughout the country is struggling with increasing health care costs and it is estimated that 30-40% of the care provided is not contributing to better health. Without a firm understanding of how, where and how much health care spending occurs, Colorado is not in a position to change this trend. Additionally, consumers don’t have information at their fingertips to make smart health care shopping decisions to drive the market towards high value care. Gathering all health care claims helps us create a far more complete picture of our health care system and helps us identify opportunities to support achieving better health, better care and lower costs.
The CO APCD empowers individuals, businesses and anyone paying for health care by giving them the information to help inform their choices about cost and quality. Ultimately Coloradans cannot effectively bend the health care cost curve in Colorado if we do not know what is driving it.