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APCD Debut Supports CO's Health Care Journey
Full Speed Ahead for Accountable Care
Integrating Public Health to Achieve Triple Aim Goals
Register for Colorado APCD Webinar Nov. 15th
CIVHC Welcomes Tracey Campbell as Director of APCD
Colorado's APCD Receives Local and National Attention
New Job Posting - Data Analyst
Spreading the Triple Aim Message
CIVHC in the News
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Five Facts About the Uninsured Population

Colorado Beacon Population Health Management Issue Brief

Medicaid is Broken: Let the States Fix It

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fiscallyresponsibleAll Payer Claims Database Debut Supports Colorado's Health Care Journey
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President & CEO
Phil KalinLast Thursday, November 1, marked a big milestone for health care in our state with the launch of Colorado's All Payer Claims Database. As the appointed administrator of the APCD, CIVHC is honored to serve as the steward for this unique Colorado resource. We were thrilled by the crowd of more than 200 health care leaders and stakeholders that
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gathered at The Colorado Trust. Enthusiasm in the room was palpable as participants saw the APCD in action for the first time. Multiple policy wonks admitted that their post-event work plans were "shot" because they planned on spending the afternoon pouring through the APCD site to see what information they could glean. This initial version of the APCD is designed to stimulate important policy discussions towards the goal of better health, better care and lower costs...

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fiscallyresponsibleFull Speed Ahead for Accountable Care
By Edie Sonn, CIVHC VP of Strategic Planning
Edie SonnWith the President's re-election, the concepts embodied in the Affordable Care Act will pick up steam. One of those is the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. ACOs are voluntary organizations that focus on coordination for patients across care settings, including doctors' offices, hospitals, and long-term care; the coordination is made "accountable" through payment models that reward quality and share (potentially) both up-side and down-side risk. While the ACA enabled ACOs specifically for Medicare, this vision of coordinated, accountable care is being used for all populations and a variety of payers. So this seems like an opportune time to share some information and observations about ACOs-both nationally and within our state.

First, here's a press release from the Medical Group...


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CIVHCConnectIntegrating Public Health to Achieve Triple Aim Goals
By Jenny Nate, CIVHC Director of Policy and Planning 

Jenny NateIn 2011, CIVHC worked extensively with members of its Payment Reform, Delivery System Redesign, and Consumer Engagement Advisory Groups, along with other interested stakeholders, to lay out a framework for moving the payment system toward outcomes-based reimbursement for care in Colorado. The advisory groups developed a six milepost framework that offers a path for communities to evolve to the destination of highly integrated systems of health and health care delivery. The destination includes community and public health as full partners with providers paid risk-adjusted, performance-based global payments, and patients fully informed, engaged...


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CIVHCConnectMiss the CO APCD Launch Event? Register for Our Webinar Demonstration November 15th, 12-1pm MT 

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Join us for a launch recap for the Colorado All Payer Claims Database Webinar November 15th, 12-1pm MT. CIVHC CEO, Phil Kalin, and CIVHC Director of Data & Research, Jonathan Mathieu, will provide participants with an overview of the CO APCD including a demonstration of the website, and an initial look at APCD reports identifying variation in cost and utilization across Colorado.   


The ACPD is Colorado's most comprehensive health claims data resource - giving patients, purchasers, providers, payers and policymakers the tools to make informed decisions that will improve the value and efficiency of our health care system.


 Click here to register for this free educational event  

CIVHCConnectCIVHC Welcomes Tracey Campbell as Director of All Payer Claims Database
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Tracey Campbell joined CIVHC last week as Director of Colorado's All Payer Claims Database. Ms. Campbell is a seasoned health care executive with over 25 years of health care IT experience. She has held positions at McKesson, Inteck, HealthTrio, and most recently with Numera, a telehealth care management solutions company. Her experience includes working with consumers, payers, providers, hospital systems and other health related businesses. In her role as APCD Director, Tracey is responsible for all aspects of the strategy, implementation, operation and sustainability of Colorado's APCD. She will play a key role in working with CIVHC's stakeholders including consumers, payers, businesses, providers and policy makers who together will help move Colorado to better health, better care and lower costs by using this unique Colorado resource. Please join us in welcoming Tracey to our team. She can be reached at tcampbell@civhc.org or at 720-242-7683.   


APCDcoverageColorado's APCD Receives Local and National Attention

e launch of Colorado's All Payer Claims Database brought local and national attention to our state, recognizing an important milestone achievement along the journey toward health care improvement.   


The majority of the nearly five-year process from recommendation by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform in 2008 to launch November 1, 2012 was spent accomplishing time-intensive activities like passing the APCD in legislation, naming an administrator, determining data submission rules, and securing funding. Once the APCD's data analytics vendor, Treo Solutions, received the first round of claims data feeds from health plans in April 2012, the APCD website was created in seven months - record time compared to other states with similar claims databases in place.

Colorado has received some well-deserved recognition for this new resource that provides cost and utilization transparency for health care to support improvement. Here's a running list of the local...


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CIVHCConnectNew Job Posting - Data Analyst
CIVHC is hiring a data analyst who will work closely with the Director of Data and Research and 

the CIVHC leadership team to develop an empirical foundation for measurement of the
impact of CIVHC's strategic initiatives. Key elements involve performing analysis of data and generating reports and other information products related to CIVHC's role as Administrator of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (APCD).    


Click here to view full job description and application details  

BundledPaymentSpreading the Triple Aim Message

Health Symposium picBelow are just a few examples of external stakeholder meetings where CIVHC is promoting improving health, enhancing quality and containing costs.

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.