Both the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform and Governor Bill Ritter recognized the need for system-wide, broad-reaching changes to Colorado’s health care system. The goal was to contain health care costs, improve quality, enhance consumers’ experiences and improve the overall health of the state.
In 2008, the governor issued an Executive Order to create a group representing varied health care perspectives, sparking the inception of the public-private entity, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care. CIVHC was formed upon the recommendations of a planning committee consisting of a broad coalition representing all Coloradans – from consumers to business and health care leaders – as well as many months of study and outreach. CIVHC transitioned to a stand alone non-profit Colorado corporation in May, 2011.
The 2010 passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has significant ramifications for health care reform in Colorado and around the country. Beyond broad insurance and coverage reform, many elements of this legislation directly align with CIVHC’s strategic objectives. Passage of the PPACA provides a unique opportunity to leverage the laws, rules and financial resources within the bill as part of CIVHC’s transformational efforts.
CIVHC is the product of a truly collaborative and deliberative process, with Colorado’s leading voices from within and outside of health care actively engaged in its development. CIVHC is uniquely positioned to leverage commitment from health care leaders and other stakeholders throughout Colorado to improve health care quality and contain costs, leading to better overall value in health care.
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