Category: Blog

State Senate Healthcare Committee Testimony!

 Bob Smith was requested by Representative Chris Kennedy to give testimony in support of HB19-1001, the Hospital Financial Transparency Bill on January 16th. This bill would require hospitals to disclose their current Medicare cost reports to the State and allow the State to evaluate why hospitals are shifting costs to employers and the degree to which […] Read Article

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: The Other Side of the Story!

The final evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative published in Health Affairs in June described the project and “HEALTH AFFAIRS BLOG”.  Concluded that it “did not reduce Medicare spending enough to cover care management fees or appreciably improve  physician experience.” READ MORE Cited: “The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: Another Side Of The Story, […] Read Article

Colorado’s Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Announced

Denver, CO – Nov. 8, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers, and purchasers, announced today the fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their […] Read Article

A Cancer on the American Dream

A recently released report with the stunning but purposeful title “Healthcare USA: A Cancer on the American Dream” details the degree to which our health care market lacks any reasonable level of reciprocal value for American consumers. Issued by Willis Towers Watson in collaboration with the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, the report shows how premium […] Read Article

Public Release of Cost data for Imaging Procedures-FAQS

Why Does CIVHC Release Health Care Price Information? As administrator of Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), the state’s most comprehensive healthcare claims database, and as part of the legislative intent of the CO APCD, Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) provides facility-specific price and quality information for free! Imaging Prices Now […] Read Article

“How We See It- Industry Updates”

The verdict is in: Colorado Court Ruling Supports Reference-Based Pricing The Referenced-Based Pricing (RBP) reimbursement model in health insurance (does not include Rx, by the way) is an evolving self-insured plan/claim cost control model that has been in the market in various forms for about a decade. While there are some true believers in this […] Read Article

State of Colorado Joins CBGH on February 16th, 2018!

The Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) is pleased to announce that the State of Colorado has joined CBGH as a purchaser member. As a non-profit, multi-stakeholder coalition led by Colorado-based employers seeking to improve healthcare quality and cost trends, CBGH has provided market research and summaries as well as strategies and tools that support […] Read Article

A Problem Well Stated

“A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.” Charles Kettering Clearly health care presents both significant challenges, as well as opportunities for employers as health care purchasers.  With wide, wild, and apparently unwarranted variations in both provider pricing and quality (the two components of “value”), the opportunity to improve the value proposition of health care […] Read Article

Collaboration in 2018

Our Theme and Commitment for 2018 The opportunities to make health care work better for all Coloradans – better clinically and more affordably for patients, better financially for purchasers, better professionally and administratively simpler for providers, and better economically for communities – are both numerous and significant.  And, though illusive, they are achievable.  To realize […] Read Article