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CO APCD Data Brief

Welcome to the first edition of the CO APCD Data Brief, a biweekly update on current and notable data and analytic news from CIVHC.
We believe that data moves at the speed of trust and not only do we have to be good stewards of the data, but we must continually cultivate and build trust in our work with the partners and stakeholders we support. We intend to foster trust in CIVHC and the capabilities of the CO APCD by providing updates on timelines for new analytics, describing any new data discoveries we’ve uncovered, and sharing updates on our process to continually improve the overall quality of the data.
October 14, 2019

General Announcements

Matthew Keelin joins CIVHC as State Initiatives Program Manager
On September 30th, CIVHC welcomed Matt Keelin in the role of State Initiatives Program Manager. As part of his duties, Matt will help define the needs of all state partners while coordinating timely, accurate execution of all state contract deliverables.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to Matt if you have any questions.


CO APCD Reporting

Upcoming Analytics 
Multiple new analytic methodologies, like Low Value Care, Prometheus episodes, Alternative Payment Models, drug rebate information and more are currently in development. In future Data Briefs, we’ll provide a timeline and regular updates outlining the status of each new data element and anticipated availability of Public and Non-Public offerings.
Employer/Community/Standard Report Updates
CIVHC is developing standard data offerings in support of community and employer alliances throughout Colorado. The public report below, Reference Based Pricing, provides county and DOI baseline data for future reporting at the specific employer member or population-level. 
Recent Public Releases
Report: Reference Based Pricing - Provides communities and employer alliances with an understanding of commercial health insurance payments in their area compared to Medicare rates. 

Data Byte: Emergency Department Facility Payments -Shows the range and average payments for facility fees associated with the five severity level codes for ED visits.

CO APCD Data Quality 

Recent News
Data Discovery
The Data Discovery Log documents data quality items identified following file submission and processing, enhancement and loading of data into the CO APCD.

Data Quality Progress
CIVHC recently completed Phase I of an expanded quality improvement plan that includes developing and implementing new data intake and quality guidelines. Phase I established benchmarking measures within the CO APCD via a point-in-time Snapshot of what the data warehouse contains. This Snapshot will be updated quarterly.

CO APCD Snapshot September 2019


Data Users Group 
The CO APCD User Group’s goal is to improve the CO APCD by providing feedback and improving communications between CIVHC and user partners. They meet every other month in person with a remote option.

Next meeting: October 25, 2:30 - 4pm
Please email if you are interested in attending and include CO APCD Data User Group in the subject line of your message.

LinkedIn: They also have a LinkedIn Group so the discussion can continue between meetings, click here to join.
Data User Group Presentations
Data Discovery Log Presentation - Learn about the changes to the September 2019 Data Discovery Log and how they will more accurately reflect what we learn about the CO APCD.
CO APCD Advisory Committee
CO APCD Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and we welcome all interested parties. Due to limited space, we ask that the public sit around the perimeter of the room or use the remote option. Thank you for understanding.

Next meeting: November 12, 9am-11am
Location: 950 S Cherry Street, Suite 208, Denver, CO 80246

2020 Meeting schedule: February 11, May 12, August 11, November 10 - 9am-11am
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All of this information and more can be found on the CO APCD Data User Resources, Interactive Data, and Publications pages on
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