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.

CO APCD Annual Report 2018

Released: January 2019
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Over the past five years, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) has been enhancing the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), the state's most comprehensive health claims database. In the 2018 Annual Report we look back at how much the CO APCD has grown, the number of Coloradans it represents, and how individuals and organizations are using the data to inform decisions that will improve health and lower costs.

Data Byte: In/Out of Network Costs

Released: December 2018
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This Data Byte shows the difference between median payments for in and out of network providers for three common procedures. Results indicate that out of network payer and member payments to professionals are not always higher than those for in network.

Reference-Based Price Report

Released: November 2018
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Many cost reduction strategies have been implemented and tested to address rising health care costs locally and nationally. One model in particular – reference-based pricing – has proven to be an effective approach for reducing health care spending. This analysis accompanies the Reference Price interactive report showing commercial payments relative to both Medicare and statewide median commercial payments. Results show that health care spending could be reduced by $49-$178 million annually across commercial health insurance payments for 22 commonly used health care services.

Data Byte: Firearm Injury Trends and Costs

Released: May 2018
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CIVHC periodically publishes Data Bytes, quick snippets of CO APCD data pertinent to the current health care landscape. This Data Byte evaluates the impact of firearm injuries in Colorado in terms of volume and types of claims and the associated cost to the health care system. Trend information is also available and shows that Colorado has had a significant increase since 2012 in both the volume of claims and associated costs related to firearm injuries.

Cancer Prevalence in Colorado

Released: May 2018
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As part of our commitment to increase access to transparent health care data, CIVHC launched new interactive statewide Condition Prevalence reports allowing users to find ways to identify variation in chronic and life-threatening health conditions across the state. Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) information can help inform communities and other stakeholders working to identify solutions and measure progress towards the common goal of improving health and access to high quality care while reducing health care costs. This infographic highlights information on Cancer Prevalence in Colorado.

Chronic Conditions in Colorado

Released: April 2018
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As part of our commitment to increase access to transparent health care data, CIVHC launched new interactive statewide Condition Prevalence reports allowing users to find ways to identify variation in chronic and life-threatening health conditions across the state. Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) information can help inform communities and other stakeholders working to identify solutions and measure progress towards the common goal of improving health and access to high quality care while reducing health care costs. This infographic highlights some of the most interesting information we’ve discovered so far.