USE CASE: Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care

The Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care’s mission was to analyze health care costs and make policy recommendations to the Legislature and the governor for lowering health care costs in the state. The Commission sunseted on June 30, 2017.

Project Summary The Commission used CO APCD data to compare price variation of hip and knee replacement, colonoscopy, MRI, and CT scans between different regions across the state.  A summary of their CO APCD analysis can be found here.

Benefit to Colorado By highlighting variation in procedure pricing, the Commission was looking to understand how, and potentially why costs varied across the state to inform their recommendations on ways to lower the health care cost trajectory.