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NCIOM Recommends APCD to Improve Health in NC

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The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has offered a report suggesting that claims data from a state-wide APCD will improve health in the state.

An All Payer Claims Database, which provides a breadth of information regarding member’s interaction with the health system, is a tool that can assist in improving many aspects of healthcare in North Carolina. With a high level of intersectional information, the tool could “assist in improving experience of care, reducing cost of care, and improving population health,” suggests the study.

Such a tool, which could make data readily available for experts to study, would work to inform consumers, employers, and even policy makers on ways to create a more cost-effective and quality-centric healthcare system in the state. Through claims data, experts can measure the effectiveness of legislation, identify geographic disparities in health care and conditions, and create benchmarks of both public and private payers.

For more information on this study, please read Claims Data to Improve Health in North Carolina: A Report from the NCIOM Task Force on All-Payer Claims Database (2017)

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