A new federal funding opportunity for all payer claims databases (APCDs) offers every state in the nation up to $2.5 million to launch or expand an APCD, writes Linda Green, Freedman HealthCare, in APCD Journal. By favoring applications that meet certain requirements, the federal grant program offers APCDs new incentives to standardize data collection processes, partner with other states, attract ERISA plans as data contributors, and expand data sharing. The opportunity was included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was signed into law on December 27th.
This infusion of dollars coupled with provisions aimed at maximizing the value of APCDs offers the opportunity for a national network of fully enabled claims data repositories well-positioned to inform state policy, educate stakeholders, undergird research, and contribute to regional and national benchmarking.
- New federal funding offers assistance to all states interested in starting, expanding an APCD. APCD Journal. January 5 2021