Every CIVHC publication is aimed at serving, engaging, educating, or amplifying Change Agents, thereby highlighting their good work and providing necessary information and tools to help them move forward.

Cost of Care in Colorado

Released: September 2017

As part of our commitment to increase access to transparent health care data, in September 2017, CIVHC launched new interactive statewide Cost of Care (include link) reports highlighting trends and variation in the cost to cover health care expenses for Coloradans. Cost of Care data from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database can help inform communities and other stakeholders working to identify solutions and measure progress toward the common goal of reducing health care costs and improving health. This infographic highlights some of the most interesting information we’ve discovered so far.

Spot Analysis: SIM Measures

Released: April 2017

In this four part series, CIVHC demonstrated how multi-payer claims data in the CO APCD is being used to benchmark and evaluate population health.

In 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) launched the ambitious State Innovation Model (SIM) to improve health care and lower costs across the nation. Colorado is one of 25 states implementing a plan to improve the health of 80 percent of Coloradans by 2019. The CO APCD is one of the sources for data and analytics for the Colorado SIM effort. In collaboration with the SIM Office, CIVHC developed innovative ways to use the CO APCD to assess how integrated behavioral and physical health influences patient health and cost of care.

2016 CO APCD Annual Report

Released: March 2017

In the 2016 Annual Report to the Colorado General Assembly, CIVHC detailed the status of the CO APCD and celebrated those using the data to advance the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs. The report includes successes and milestones achieved as well as information regarding the sustainability of the CO APCD. The report also highlights local and national Change Agents who used CO APCD data to lower costs, improve care, and work toward better population health. 

Spot Analysis: Regional Payment Variation

Released: January 2017

Recent studies indicated that residents in certain areas of Colorado pay more for certain procedures. Based on this information, it is easy to conclude that all health care costs in those regions are higher than the rest of the state. However, this report suggests that additional factors must be explored to better understand price variation. The analysis, originally provided to the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care, used data from the CO APCD and focused on commercial claims for high volume procedures and services in six regions across Colorado: Western Slope, Mountain, Denver, Colorado Springs, Northeast Colorado, and Southeast Colorado. 

Spot Analysis: Free Standing Emergency Departments

Released: July 2016

In the last two years, dozens of Free Standing Emergency Departments (FSED) have opened in Colorado, most often located in suburban areas relatively close to urgent care and in-hospital emergency departments. Due to their stand-alone buildings and similarity to non-emergency options, it is possible for consumers to mistake an FSED for an urgent care center. This analysis finds that Coloradans using FSEDs for non-life threatening conditions are paying more than if they had used an urgent care facility.