For several decades, measures of health care quality have been embraced as tools for quality improvement, transparency, and accountability. As health care costs continue to rise, more stakeholders are calling for such measures to be used as part of value assessments, to understand how high health care expenditures, high out-of-pocket costs, and high local and Federal spending on health care can be shifted toward better care at better prices. One way to use measures this way is through all-payer claims databases (APCDs). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded the APCD project to learn more about how APCDs are used and how their uses can be expanded. This report provides background on APCDs and the APCD project, uses of APCD-based measures, and evaluation of data from a few State APCDs.
Overview of All-Payer Claims Databases
Uses of All-Payer Claims Databases
Purpose of Project
Reviewing the Landscape of All-Payer Claims Databases
Technical Expert Panel
Data Evaluation of All-Payer Claims Databases
Results of Data Evaluation
Limitations of APCD Data for Measurement
Ongoing Efforts To Improve APCD Data
Conclusion and Future Directions
Appendix A: Technical Expert Panel and Learning Network Members
Appendix B: Prioritization of Conditions for Measure Inventory
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rockville, MD 20857
Stanford University (Prime Contractor)
Sheryl M. Davies, M.A.
Kathryn McDonald, M.M.
Truven Health Analytics
Erica Danielson, Ph.D.
Manju Gokhale, M.A.
Stella Chang, M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco
Naomi S. Bardach, M.D., M.A.S.
Grace A. Lin, M.D., M.A.S.
Mitzi Dean, M.S., M.H.A.
R. Adams Dudley, M.D., M.B.A.
Center for Primary Care & Outcomes Research, School of Medicine
Center for Health Policy, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s), who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Disclaimer of Conflict of Interest
None of the investigators has any affiliations or financial involvement that conflicts with the material presented in this report.
This project was funded under contract number HHSA2902001200003I from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Suggested Citation: Davies SM., McDonald K, Danielson E, et al. Inventory and prioritization of measures to support the growing effort in transparency using all-payer claims databases. Prepared under Contract No. HHSA2902001200003I, Task Order 5. AHRQ Publication No. 17-0022-1-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2017.