What do Colorado, Arkansas, Delaware and Virginia have in common? In the spirit of transparency, these states, along with 15 others, are endeavoring to systematically collect and release medical, pharmacy and dental claims. These systems combine provider and patient demographics from public and private payers to measure healthcare costs, quality and utilization.
While each state manages these databases differently with regard to who can access the information, it’s important to recognize that this data currently exists and can be used to promote value-driven purchasing and informed care decisions. Because the operation of these databases varies by state, we’ve created a comprehensive overview that explains where each of the 19 states lies in process of creating, or operating, APCDs.