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Data. The Foundation of Improvement
Retooling for the Information Glut Age: Five Things Physicians Should Do to Lead
A Hope for Hope: Bi-Directional Care at the Union Square Health Home
Articles of Interest

Medicare ACO's Improve Quality, Have Mixed Results on Slowing Spending, CMS Says


Health Care Pricing is Complicated. Here's a Beginner's Guide


Virginia Mason to Offer Warranties on Hip, Knee Replacements


Health Plans Find Bundled Payment Works for More Than Just Procedural Cases


Providers See Little Enthusiasm to Join Pioneer ACOs


More Medicare Star Ratings Coming Soon - Unless Providers Can Put the Brakes On


How Much Does that X-Ray Cost?


Operator? Business, Insurer Take on End-of-Life Issues by Phone

Data. The Foundation of Improvement
By Ana English, CIVHC President and CEO

During my first 30+ days it has been exciting to hear positive feedback from our various stakeholders regarding CIVHC, its staff and management team, and our future potential. Most see the value of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) and the strong potential of claims data in informing and driving health care reform. In fact, at the national level we recently received a letter of commendation from Dr. Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Care Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University, highlighting the value of the recent launch of consumer-focused price information and how the CO APCD differentiates health care price transparency in a way unlike any other APCD in the country. We consider ourselves stewards of this important resource for the state and it is our commitment to continue to make this valuable data and information more readily available and actionable.

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Retooling for the Information Glut Age: Five Things Physicians Should Do to Lead
By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer
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Originally appeared on WantHealthcare LLC

In the last post, I talked about what physicians should stop doing if they wanted to have a leadership position in the rapidly evolving healthcare world. In the spirit of bringing solutions and not just problems, today's list is five things that I think we as physicians collectively should start doing.
A Hope for Hope: Bi-Directional Care at the Union Square Health Home
By Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Program Assistant

Persons with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population, with the average age of death being 53,according to a 2006 studyIn 2010, it was found that the higher mortality rate is even more acute for persons with co-occurring substance abuse disorders; the average age of death is 45. Many of these deaths result from lack of adequate access and coordination of physical health care. Union Square Health Home (USHH) in Lakewood is working to change these statistics for the residents of Jefferson County.

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