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Connecticut Launches Its APCD Program with Focus on Consumer Transparency
November 11, 2014 -- Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today a new partnership with Onpoint Health Data to provide data management and analytical services for Connecticut's All Payer Claims Database (APCD). Through this partnership, AHCT will be able to leverage new information about health care in Connecticut and provide analysis on lowering costs and delivering more efficient care to state residents.
In its role as data management vendor, Onpoint will manage the collection, storage, and analysis of the claims data. Onpoint also will use de-identified, aggregated data to produce analytic reports and a public website, which will provide consumers and other stakeholders with information on health care in Connecticut.
The five-year contract includes four releases, which will be implemented over the coming 12-15 months and span AHCT’s suite of APCD services, including...
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Rhode Island APCD Featured in Story Examining APCD-Based Efforts to Boost Price Transparency
November 06, 2014 -- Rhode Island’s APCD – a statewide initiative for which Onpoint integrates commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare data – is featured in a new article from Government Health IT. The piece examines two APCD-based efforts to shed greater light on healthcare price transparency, focusing specifically on the state-run APCD in Rhode Island and parallel work being undertaken on the West Coast by the University of California at San Francisco.
“Rhode Island’s APCD uses a new and innovative ‘lockbox’ model for its master patient index (MPI),” notes Janice Bourgault, Onpoint’s Director of Client Services. “We subcontract with another firm that receives live identifiers from participating insurers and assigns blinded unique IDs that the insurers then submit to Onpoint with de-identified member data, creating a firewall that protects individuals’ privacy while enabling a very robust MPI solution. It’s an exciting approach – and the first time an APCD has successfully employed this model to enhance privacy.”
Rhode Island’s de-identified APCD data will be used to ensure “transparency of information about access, quality, utilization, efficiency, and cost of Rhode Island’s healthcare delivery system,” notes the Rhode Island Department of Health in the article.
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New Practice Profiles Released for Vermont's Blueprint for Health
October 1, 2014 -- Onpoint is excited to announce the release of two new analytical evaluations of Vermont's Blueprint for Health initiative: adult and pediatric profiles for individual providers and geographic profiles for the state's Health Service Areas (HSAs). These profiles...
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Onpoint & Dartmouth Institute Study Published in the American Journal of Managed Care
August 30, 2014 -- Onpoint recently collaborated with HealthPartners and Blue Cross Blue Shields of Michigan and Texas in a project led by the Dartmouth Institute (TDI). The study, "Tracking Spending Among Commercially Insured Beneficiaries Using a Distributed Data Model," in which the researchers applied the HealthPartners' Total Cost of Care measurement system to commercial claims data across five states, was recently published this past September in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Overall findings demonstrated substantial variation in utilization. The study also revealed that variation patterns in the commercial population did not necessarily mirror trends in the Medicare population for total use, though they were correlated for inpatient use.
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New Pediatric Atlas Examines Children's Healthcare Use Across Northern New England
February 28, 2014 -- The Dartmouth Institute recently released a new report based on APCD data: "The Dartmouth Atlas of Children's Health Care in Northern New England." The pediatric atlas, which was issued during the 28th annual NAHDO conference, examines disparities in children's healthcare utilization and cost using the statewide APCDs from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
As Dartmouth reports, "whether children are receiving recommended care or are subjected to potentially unneeded treatments varies widely depending on where they live.... The new report shows that children in Dover, NH, had almost twice as many emergency room visits as those living in Burlington, VT, and children in Lebanon, NH, were more than twice as likely to have their tonsils removed as children in Bangor, ME."
The pediatric atlas, which has received coverage from CNN,Reuters, and other news outlets, is based on Onpoint's integration of northern New England's three APCDs and includes commercial and Medicaid populations.
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Vermont's Blueprint for Health Releases Its 2013 Annual Report
February 1, 2014 -- Onpoint recently completed an analytical evaluation of Vermont's Blueprint for Health initiative, which has been included as part of Blueprint's newly released 2013 Annual Report. Our reporting was based on VHCURES data for the commercial and Medicaid populations.
The analysis included risk-adjusted expenditure and utilization rates as well as effective and preventive care measures for both the adult and pediatric populations. Members attributed to active Blueprint practices were compared to members receiving primary care from practices not active in Blueprint. As noted in the report...
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Spatial Analysis Leverages Vermont's APCD
June 19, 2013 -- The Analytic Services team at Onpoint Health Data, in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and Stone Environmental (a GIS firm based in Montpelier), recently used the state’s all-payer claims database (APCD) to study the flow of patients and dollars among Vermont’s primary care providers using a newly updated mapping of contiguous and logical primary care service areas (PCSAs)....