Medicaid Turning to Analytics, Accountable Care

Among state experiments in Medicaid policy, Colorado's accountable care collaborative program is showing early successes in coordinating care and curtailing overutilization - and its analytics platform is supporting a good deal of the collaboration, despite a number of hurdles.

Among state experiments in Medicaid policy, Colorado’s accountable care collaborative program is showing early successes in coordinating care and curtailing overutilization — and its analytics platform is supporting a good deal of the collaboration, despite a number of hurdles.

Now covering about half the state’s beneficiaries, Colorado’s Medicaid accountable care program saw a 15 percent reduction in hospital admissions and a 25 percent reduction in high-cost imaging in the 2013 fiscal year, contributing to $44 million in savings, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced recently.

Most of that is going to providers as incentive bonuses and $6 million is returning to state coffers.

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Source: Government Health IT