Seven health plans in Colorado are collaborating on a multi-payer data-sharing online tool that aims to enhance and improve the delivery of care for the state's residents.

The idea emerged from the national Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. At the state level, health plans participating in the Colorado CPC (CO CPC) are working together to make it easier for primary care practices to transition to a more integrated, family-care centered approach to serving patients.

"Care providers currently receive multiple reports from each health plan and have to log on to several different websites to access patient data, making it cumbersome and inefficient for care providers to coordinate a patient's care," executives from the Western Colorado Leadership Group, of which the partnering plans are members, said. "However, CO CPC members are now developing a single source for patient-level information that will help care providers save time and resources, enabling them to spend more time with patients."

A majority of the payers participating in CO CPC agreed to finance the tool that will allow providers to access their patients' claims data from one website. Rise Health will partner with Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Health Care and other state and local entities to build the tool and help ensure a comprehensive approach to data aggregation.

The following payers are participating in the data aggregation solution, which is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2015: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, Colorado Access, Colorado Choice Health Plans, Colorado Medicaid/Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, and UnitedHealthcare.

"This initiative represents a major step forward for both providers and payers in Colorado. For the first time, physicians will be able to access actionable, patient-specific data across multiple insurers and self-funding employers in a single analytic tool," said Patrick Gordon, associate vice president at Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

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