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.

Regional Price Variation For Common Procedures

Released: July 2019
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In Colorado, prices for common health care services vary across regions, and frequently, the regions with the highest and lowest prices are not consistent when comparing different services. The map below illustrates regional variation for 11 common services. This information can help communities understand how their health care prices compare to other areas across the state.

Common Procedure Episode Price Breakdown

Released: June 2019
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Facility price and quality information available on CIVHC’s Shop for Care tool provides total price information for high cost, high volume procedures. The total price is determined based on the full “episode” of care which includes everything that happens before, during and after a procedure. This infographic shows what percentage of the price is typically paid to the facility where the procedure takes place.

Imaging Services Price Variation

Released: April 2019
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Facility prices for common imaging procedures such as CT Scans, MRIs, and X-rays vary widely across the state of Colorado. This infographic shows the statewide median for the imaging procedures displayed in CIVHC’s Shop for Care tool, along with the highest and lowest facility medians. Price differences range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the imaging service.

Spot Analysis: Prescribing Opioids in CO

Released: March 2019
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that for acute pain, providers should offer alternative treatment options to opioids, and when necessary, prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration, typically three to seven days. This analysis from the CO APCD investigates prescription fill rates and length of suggested dosage for short-acting versions of three commonly prescribed opioids – Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodin.

Common Procedure Price Variation

Released: February 2019
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Facility prices for common health care procedures such as knee and hip surgery vary widely across the state of Colorado. This infographic shows statewide median prices for procedures based on the full episode (before, during and post-procedure) displayed in CIVHC’s Shop for Care tool, along with the highest and lowest facility medians. Prices differences range from  $3k-$35k depending on the procedure rendered.