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Physicians Leading the Effort to Contain HC Cost
Scholarship Funding Enabling Triple Aim Projects in Colorado
CIVHC Awarded National Center for Healthcare Transparency Planning Grant
New Ways to Evaluate the Value of Care Coming Soon
Colorado Health Data Day Stimulates Conversation
Articles of Interest

The Road to Accountable Care: Building Systems for Population Health Management 

 

Report: Physicians Tighten Belts When They See Prices 

 

Building a Bridge Between Value and Volume 

 

The Price of Staying Healthy

 

Consumers Ultimately Set Health Care Costs

 

Colorado Sees 5th Biggest Drop in Uninsured Rate Under Obamacare

Physicians Leading the Effort to Contain HC Cost
By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer
Jay Want
Originally appeared on WantHealthcare LLC

I had the privilege of attending the Physician Leadership Summit at Stanford University recently. The conference was put on by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and was hosted by Dr. Arnie Milstein of the Clinical Excellence Research Center. NRHI selected physician leaders from five states to come together and discuss how total cost of care information might be used to improve quality and reduce cost. Now for most people, this is a pretty arcane topic, and you might expect that this was a two day snoozer. In fact, it was anything but.
Scholarship Funding Enabling Triple Aim Projects in Colorado
By Tracey Campbell, CIVHC Director of the All Payer Claims Database
Similar to the saying, "the early bird gets the worm", initial Colorado organizations who have applied for the APCD Scholarship awards are "the early requestors getting the data!" Three organizations have applied for and received a scholarship award for APCD data. This group of innovative organizations are focused on one or more aspect of the Triple Aim. They are using the data to improve decision-making for consumers, look at the efficacy of Accountable Care Act (ACA), and to conduct condition-based research to improve care.
CIVHC Awarded National Center for Healthcare Transparency Planning Grant
By Jonathan Mathieu, CIVHC Director of Data and Research
Jonathan Mathieu

CIVHC was recently awarded a Regional Data Center Collaborative planning grant from the Center for Healthcare Transparency (CHT). The CHT is a national initiative led by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) that seeks to coordinate and leverage the innovative work being done by 14 state and regional health care improvement organizations. The grant will support CIVHC participation in an 18-month process to develop a five year plan to make meaningful and actionable information on cost, quality and patient experience available for half of the U.S. population by 2020. CIVHC was chosen for participation in this project, in part, because of the success of the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (APCD), the innovative public reporting available through the website www.comedprice.org and established HIPAA/HITECH compliant processes for data release to support a wide variety of research and public health purposes.

New Ways to Evaluate the Value of Care Coming Soon
By Robert Kershner, CIVHC Director of Health System Payment Strategies
Originally featured in  Healthy Transitions Colorado's October newsletter.

In the near future, CIVHC will be able to measure the cost and the quality of care by facility based on everything associated with a particular service or procedure, also known as an "episode." Based on claims data from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (APCD), reports on these episodes will give payers, providers and facilities new ways to evaluate the value of the care they are providing. This type of analysis is critical to moving away from our current pay for volume model to a more patient-centric and value- based payment model where outcomes and lower costs reign supreme.
Colorado Health Data Day Stimulates Conversation
On September 26th, health innovators and data devotees came together to learn, discuss, and dream big at Colorado Health Data Day. Hosted by CIVHC, the event included a panel on the different data sources available and a Lunchtime Keynote by Jane Brock, MD, MSPH on the Data Liberacion project. The day concluded with small group discussions which generated exciting ideas about the future of data usage. Slides are available here and join our LinkedIn group to continue the discussion.
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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.