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Utilization in Colorado

January 2018


Consumers, Providers, Researchers, Population Health, Insurance Department, Medicaid, Health Reform


Health, Pharmacy, Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare



Colorado's Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC) synthesized data from the All Payer Claims Database (APCD) to map trends in utilization across Colorado from 2012-2015. CIVHC captures data from commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage patients concerning unplanned hospitalizations, 30-day readmission rates, emergency room visits, and observations stays. Overall trends show an increase in emergency room visits as well as a decrease in observation stays, among other findings.