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All Payer Claims Database Launching Nov. 1st
What is CIVHC Doing to Address Palliative Care?
Barbara Ryan Appointed to Chair CIVHC's Board
CMS Selects 73 CO Practices for Medical Home Initiative
CIVHC Welcomes Two New Staff Members
CIVHC External Stakeholder Presentations
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Medicaid Works: Public Program Continues to Provide Access...


Six Strategies to Manage Health Care Costs


Case Study: CIVHC, Statewide Health Data Initiatives


68% of Graduating Physicians Want Sign-on Bonus, 29% Want Hospital Practice


Tackling Rising Health Care Costs in Massachusetts


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fiscallyresponsibleColorado All Payer Claims Database Launching in November
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President & CEO
Phil Kalin

The Colorado APCD website goes live November 1st, 2012, and will allow us for the first time to start evaluating the big drivers affecting health care cost and utilization in our state. To celebrate this important milestone, CIVHC is hosting a launch event at The Colorado Trust from 10-11:30am. Please join us and other health care leaders in the state as we share some of the early data and findings in the APCD and demonstrate how to use the interactive website to search the health data of interest to you.


In 2008, the bi-partisan Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform submitted their final report to the General Assembly that included a recommendation to create a statewide All Payer Claims Database (APCD)...



fiscallyresponsiblePalliative Care FAQ Series
By Jenny Nate, CIVHC Director of Policy and Planning
Jenny Nate

In Parts I and II of my series, "What is Palliative Care?", and "Why Focus on Palliative Care?", I explained why palliative care has become a specific focus area for CIVHC to address the Triple Aim of improving health, enhancing health care quality and containing costs. In this final post, I'll explain CIVHC's work to date convening task forces and implementing recommendations to address palliative care Triple Aim opportunities.


Our work in palliative care began in earnest when we convened a task force to address palliative care issues in 2009...



CIVHCConnectBarbara Ryan Appointed to Chair CIVHC's Board
Barbara Ryan
Barbara Ryan, Ph.D.
Originally appointed to the board in 2009, Barbara Ryan, Ph.D., was named CIVHC's Board Chair at the annual meeting this summer. As a licensed clinical psychologist and current President of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, Ryan has extensive clinical and management experience. She has worked with diverse client populations across the age span, in settings that include community mental health, developmental disabilities, and with Kaiser Permanente. In her current position as Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Partners, Ryan has emphasized strategic planning built on innovation, redefinition of delivery systems, accountability and outcome measurement, and evidence-based practice. This includes a strong priority placed on collaboration and partnership among human service agencies to integrate services and planning for the benefit of people who are served.


CIVHCConnectCMS Selects 73 Colorado Practices for Medical Home Initiative
CPCI practice mapAt the end of August, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation selected 73 Colorado primary care practices to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The practices represent 335 primary care practitioners serving approximately 41,000 Medicare beneficiaries across urban and rural Colorado. They include a diverse array of large and small practices, some with National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, and others just beginning their journey.


BundledPaymentCIVHC Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Jay Want
Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to CIVHC's team. Jay Want, MD, former CIVHC Board Chair, joined CIVHC in August as our new part-time Chief Medical Officer (view full press release).


Cortney Green joined us in early September as CIVHC's Program Assistant. In her new role, Ms. Green will support our delivery system redesign, payment reform and data and transparency focus areas.


Learn more about CIVHC staff and current career opportunities.


BundledPaymentCIVHC External Stakeholder Presentations

Health Symposium picCore to CIVHC's mission is engaging a broad audience in supporting the Triple Aim objectives of better health, improved quality and cost containment for Colorado. To that end, CIVHC's team often presents to stakeholder groups across the state and country. Below is a list of past and future events where we will present on one or more of our focus areas: payment reform, data and transparency and delivery system redesign. Please contact us if you would like us to present at your upcoming event.


The Center for Improving Value in Health Care is a non-profit, collaborative organization supporting the Triple Aim for health care: improving health, increasing quality and containing costs. We would like to thank The Colorado Trust, the Colorado Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation and Caring for Colorado for providing funding to support our organization and focus areas.