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October 2014 St@teside

Upcoming Events: Unlocking the Potential of All-Payer Claims Databases and Lessons from RWJF's Aligning Forces for Quality

All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs): Unlocking the Potential

State All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs) are repositories of health care claims from multiple payers (i.e., both public and private payers including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  as well as commercial health plans and self-insured plans) for the purposes of analyzing and monitoring state-level cost and quality of health care. APCDs have the potential to contribute to a better understanding of cost trends, key drivers of costs, and quality differences among health plans, provider peer-groups and geographic areas. In the future, APCD data could have many other uses in policy decision-making, such as population health management, Medicaid budgeting, insurance regulation, public health programming and more.
On November 4, 2014 from 9:00-12:00 PM EST, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) is convening national experts and thought leaders to explore the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned in accessing and leveraging APCDs to advance health services research. The discussion will highlight existing models, the opportunities and challenges for expanded data access and use, and the potential for these systems to evolve over time. 
Those interested in participating remotely in the event can register to join via a webcast at:

Summit to Feature Lessons from Evaluating RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality
As part of "ALIGN: A Summit on Increasing Value in Health Care" hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you are cordially invited to a breakfast session on November 13 from 7:45-8:45 a.m. EST at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, which will highlight the challenges and successes of evaluating Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) and other large health care improvement programs. Panelists will reflect on the AF4Q evaluation as well as their own approaches to complex program evaluations, and discuss how evaluations can be designed in meaningful ways. Attendees may also participate in the national summit November 13-14 to discuss what’s working—and what’s needed—to improve health care quality and reduce costs in U.S. communities. To register for the AF4Q Evaluation breakfast session or for the full Summit, please email