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CA Legislators Move towards APCD

State of Reform writes: California legislators reached a budget compromise that includes a one time grant of $60 million to fund a state-wide all payer claims database.  If passed by the Senate, AB 2302, now funded by the appropriation, will establish and direct the implementation of the California Health Care Payments Database. The database would collect information relating to the utilization, pricing, and social determinants of health like age, gender, ethnicity, and neighborhood with the purpose of using “the information to inform policymakers in making decisions regarding how to reduce health care costs while improving quality and reducing disparities.” Currently, California has a voluntary claims database called the California Healthcare Performance Information System with information from Anthem BlueCross, Blue Shield of California, and United Healthcare of California.

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