Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
CHA Statement Regarding the Launch of the All-Payer Claims Database Consumer Portal: www.comedprice.org
Date July 31, 2014
About the Colorado Hospital Association
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. (July 31, 2014) — Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer made the following statement regarding today’s launch of the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Consumer Portal accessible at www.comedprice.org by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC).
“Colorado hospitals strongly support meaningful transparency of health care costs and quality that empowers consumers to make informed health care decisions. CHA supported the creation of the APCD because it could significantly advance health care transparency to the benefit of patients, the business community, hospitals and others. Although the July 31 iteration of the APCD is not a full reflection of the care provided in Colorado hospitals, CHA recognizes transparency is a journey and that this is the first step on that journey. Colorado hospitals are committed to working with CIVHC to ensure that consumers ultimately experience a comprehensive and meaningful picture of health care costs, quality and hospital reimbursement.
“While the CIVHC site includes a calculator for estimating out-of-pocket costs expected from patients, consumers should also contact their hospital and insurer in advance of treatment to ensure they have a better understanding of the true out-of-pocket costs of services.
“The kinds of data being released in the APCD are unlike anything that have been released before. The APCD may help hospitals, physicians and other stakeholders better understand and ultimately reduce inappropriate variation in health care services and costs. While the numbers may initially raise more questions than they answer, it is a necessary step in better understanding variation.
“Overuse and inappropriate use of health care services is a major factor in increased health care spending nationwide and Colorado hospitals want to play a leadership role in working to address it. This will undoubtedly require improved collaboration between hospitals, physicians and other providers and holds the potential to result in more efficient and appropriate health care spending.”
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.