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CO APCD Data in Action
Signs That Payment Reform is Here to Stay
Spotlight on Innovation: Circumventing Circumstances: Aurora Health Access
Upcoming Event: Buy More Health, Not Healthcare
CIVHC Speaking at the Second National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency
Articles of Interest

Colorado Hospitals Reduce Health Care Costs by $15 Million and Prevent 2,800 Patient Harms 

 

Medicare's Payment Reform Push Draws Praise and Fears 

 

Better, Smarter, Healthier: In Historic Announcement, HHS Sets Clear Goals and Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements From Volume to Value 

 

Top 5 Innovation Investments U.S. States are Making 

 

ACO Referral Data Needs to Include More Than Cost, Outcome 

 

What's Behind Health Insurance Rate Increases? An Examination of What Insurers Reported to the Federal Government in 2013-2014 

CO APCD Data in Action
By Tracey D. Campbell, CIVHC VP of Strategy and Business Development

Over the last two years, the Colorado APCD team has worked very hard with stakeholders across the state of Colorado, as well as across the country, to make the state's most comprehensive health care claims database accessible and valuable for the benefit of Coloradans. According to the legislation establishing the database, the purpose of the CO APCD is to "facilitate the reporting of health care and health quality data that results in transparent and public reporting of safety, quality, cost and efficiency information at all levels of health care." We've come a long way towards realizing that public purpose from 2012 to now and I'd like to highlight some of the exciting ways organizations are using the custom data for health care improvement.

Signs That Payment Reform is Here to Stay
By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer
Jay WantOriginally featured on wanthealthcarellc.com

There was a significant announcement out of HHS on Monday, January 26th, about payment reform. Here is an excerpt from an industry article:


"The new goal is that by the end of 2016, 30 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments will become value-based payments through alternative payment models like Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements. This will increase to 50 percent of payments by the end of 2018.


HHS has also set a goal of 85 percent of all traditional Medicare payments shifting to quality-based by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018. This will happen through programs like Hospital Value Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction programs."

Spotlight on Innovation: Circumventing Circumstances: Aurora Health Access
By Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Program Assistant

Social determinants of health, as defined by the World Health Organization, "are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness." Historically, those with more means have better care, and therefore better health. Aurora Health Access (AHA) is working to circumvent these factors and ensure that all members of the community have access to health care, regardless of economic standing.

Upcoming Event: Buy More Health, Not Healthcare

The Colorado Business Group on Health is hosting two events in February for employers looking to get the most out of their health care premiums. C-suite decision makers and purchasing officers who attend one of these free programs will be provided with tools and strategies to ensure their health care dollars are being spent wisely and most effectively. Register today as space is limited.

CIVHC Speaking at the Second National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency

Over the past year there have been significant strides to make health care more transparent, especially in regard to cost and quality of care. Dr. Jay Want, CIVHC's Chief Medical Officer, and Jonathan Mathieu, CIVHC's Vice President of Research & Compliance and Chief Economist, will join other expert panelists at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency to discuss policy objectives, progress, and barriers, and more. The summit takes places in Washington, DC March 16th-18th, and a live webcast will be available for those unable to attendin person. Click here learn more.

New Staff Titles and Open Positions 

CIVHC is proud to announce new titles for several of our key staff members.

 

  • Tracey D. Campbell, formerly Director of the All Payer Claims Database, is now serving as our Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.
  • Robert Kershner, formerly Director of Health System Payment Strategies, is now serving as our Director of Stakeholder Relations.
  • Jonathan D. Mathieu, Ph.D, formerly Director of Data and Research, is now serving as our Vice President of Research & Compliance and Chief Economist.
  • Kristin Paulson, JD, MPH, formerly Senior Manager for Policy and Initiatives, is now serving as our Director of Health Care Programs.

 

We are also currently taking applications for several new positions:
 

 

Please feel free to share these openings with your network.

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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.