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PlainTalk Blog: CO APCD Data Quality

On a monthly and quarterly basis, health insurance payers including Medicaid, over 33 commercial payers, and Medicare submit claims to the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD). Payers submit claims for everyone they provide coverage to, regardless of whether they accessed health care during the previous period or not, Read more…

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The Wizard of Chargemasters

by Cari Frank, CIVHC’s VP of Communication and Marketing  My friend’s father just had surgery to release pressure from an accident that caused swelling in his brain. After the bill arrived, he was shocked that the surgeon billed $10,000 for the surgery, yet only received $1,500 from Medicare. That’s when Read more…

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Shopping for Care

By Rachel Linn, CIVHC’s Marketing Manager Last week, my husband called me with debilitating abdominal pain and was unable to stand, let alone drive himself to a provider to receive care. As an employee of CIVHC, my brain immediately went to thoughts around the expenses we were going to incur Read more…