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Colorado's All Payer Claims Database Goes Live

posted Nov 5, 2012, 10:48 AM by Dicia Kemp
A new data tool, the All Payer Claims Database (APCD), makes accessing health care cost and utilization information easier for all Coloradans. The APCD website was launched by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) on November 1, 2012. The APCD collects health insurance claims from public and private payers with the goal of "giving patients, purchasers, providers, payers and policymakers important tools to make informed decisions that will improve the value and efficiency of our health care system." Prior to launching the APCD, people in Colorado, like many other states across the country, lacked the ability to compare prices for health care services across providers. While the system only displays high level data as of the launch, price comparison information will be made available to consumers within the next year. Currently available APCD data demonstrates the vast range of prices paid for identical services across the state, demonstrating the need for increased pricing transparency. For example, data from the 20 largest facilities (by volume) shows the cost of a knee MRI ranges from $297 to $1,261. The system currently includes data from Colorado's eight largest private insurers and Medicaid. Interactive information can now be seen at cohealthdata.org. We encourage readers to get online and test out this new resource!
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