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In This Issue
A Letter from CIVHC'S New CEO: Ana English
We Have Money for You (Seriously)
Paramedics Save the Day...and Then Some
Spotlight on Innovation: Primary Care in Your Pajamas: AccessCare and Telemedicine
Coloradans Now Able to Comparison Shop for Health Care
Save the Date! Colorado Health Data Day
Articles of Interest

Reducing Wasteful Health Care Spending Begs the Questions, What is Waste? 

 

Measuring and Assigning Accountability for Healthcare Spending 

 

How Washington Came Close to Establishing a Transparent Claims Database 

 

AMGA Submits Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding Healthcare Data Transparency 

A Letter from CIVHC'S New CEO: Ana English

By Ana English, CIVHC CEO

I am excited to be a part of CIVHC and working again in Colorado! My first official day was August 4, 2014, and within a few days I was in awe of the number of health care improvement activities occurring in Colorado and all there is to learn. To get up to speed as quickly as possible, my calendar is already full of meetings with staff, key stakeholders and business leaders that play an essential role in the success of CIVHC. Of critical importance is hearing directly from you and understanding the important role you play in Colorado's health care landscape and what support CIVHC might be able to provide you along your journey.   

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We Have Money for You (Seriously)

By Matthew Thompson, CIVHC APCD Account Manager


Originally featured in the July Community Connections Blog from  The Colorado Trust.

 

In six years of college, I never heard the phrase, "we have a scholarship for you." No, it didn't take me six years to finish a college degree; that was my little brother, who ironically enough was actually offered a scholarship. In my six years between undergraduate and graduate school, the phrase "we have a bill for you" was the one I heard. Back then I never would have anticipated that one day I would help run a program to provide scholarship money to organizations in pursuit of improving health care.

Paramedics Save the Day...and Then Some

By Cari Frank, CIVHC Director of Communications


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When asked to list types of primary care health care providers, the majority of people would probably say doctor or nurse. With prodding, perhaps pharmacists, public health providers, and medical assistants would come to mind. Paramedics and EMTs may not top the list, but Eagle County's Community Paramedic program is starting to change people's perceptions of paramedics.

Spotlight on Innovation: Primary Care in Your Pajamas: AccessCare and Telemedicine

By Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Program Assistant

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In the not too distant future, more Coloradans will be able to have face-to-face consultations with their primary care doctors without leaving the comfort of their homes. AccessCare is working to make integrated and interactive telehealth appointments a reality for their members.

Coloradans Now Able to Comparison Shop for Health Care

On July 31, Colorado consumers were given a first-ever tool to inform their health care decisions. Colorado Medical Price Compare went live, harnessing the power of the All Payer Claims Database (APCD) to bring residents hospital price information for four commonly scheduled procedures. Prices displayed on the site are based on actual prices paid by patients and health insurers, not hospital charges. All eligible hospitals in Colorado have price and quality data included in this release and future releases will add additional procedures and services, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

 

"In this age of technology when consumers can evaluate cost and ratings of just about any product on the market, health care is the exception, but that's changing," states Edie Sonn, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at CIVHC. "The Colorado APCD is providing transparent price and quality data that our health care system currently lacks and that all of us need to make good decisions about our care."

Save the Date! Colorado Health Data Day

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Colorado Health Data Day will help you discover the data resources available that can help you identify opportunities and make impactful improvements.

Mark your calendars for this interactive and invigorating exploration of health data resources in Colorado.

 

Friday, September 26th - 9am to 3pm - No registration fee and lunch provided

 

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The Center for Improving Value in Health Care is a non-profit, collaborative organization supporting the Triple Aim for health care in Colorado: better health, better care, and lower 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.