Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM MST
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1200 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

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Cost: $40 per registrant


Lowering Health Care Costs and Increasing Transparency

The economics of the American health care system stopped making sense a long time ago.

This November, the conversation changes.

Dollars and Sense is a day-long event featuring new data and analysis from local and national leaders in health care transparency and cost containment.


8:30 – 9:00Registration and breakfast

9:00 – 9:15Welcome & Event Kickoff

  • Ana English, CEO, CIVHC; Douglas McCarthy, Senior Research Director, The Commonwealth Fund

 9:15 – 10:15How Does Colorado’s Cost of Care Compare? New Results of Multi-State Project

  • Ellen Gagnon, Interim CEO, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement; Jonathan Mathieu PhD, VP of Data and Delivery, CIVHC

The Total Cost of Care project is the first of its kind to measure service utilization and cost for physician practices across multiple states. Ellen and Jonathan will dive into new information and explore how Colorado’s cost compare to other states and what might be driving spending.

10:30 – 11:30How Much Could Colorado Save with Reference-Based Pricing?

  • Robert Smith, Executive Director, Colorado Business Group on Health; Ana English, CEO, CIVHC

In June, the Colorado Business Group on Health convened employers, policymakers, advocates, and providers to discuss how to contain costs for the everyday Coloradan. Bob and Ana will continue the conversation, using data from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD).

11:30 – 12:30Lunch and Overview of Consumer Health Care Shopping Tool

  • Maria de Jesus Diaz-Perez PhD, Director of Public Reporting, CIVHC

12:30 – 1:30How are Colorado Payers Lowering Costs? Catalyst for Payment Reform Survey Results

  • Andréa E. Caballero MPA, Program Director, Catalyst for Payment Reform; Ale Vargas-Johnson, Project and Research Manager, Catalyst for Payment Reform
Are new payment reform models having their desired impact on health care costs and outcomes? Andréa and Ale will share what Catalyst for Payment Reform learned about Colorado and two other states while compiling Scorecard on Payment Reform 2.0. 


1:45 – 2:45Panel: How Do We Work Together to Drive Positive Change?

  • State Legislators and agencies and leaders from the business, payer and provider community
    • Kim Bimestefer, Colorado Dept. Of Health Care Policy and Financing
    • Joann Ginal, Colorado State Representative
    • William Lindsay III, CLU, CEBS, RPA, Consultant
    • Janet Pogar, Anthem
    • Chris Tholen, MBA, Colorado Hospital Association
    • Chet Seward, Colorado Medical Society
    • Jim Smallwood, Colorado State Senator

3:00-4:30Networking Happy Hour

Note: Registrants after November 8th will not receive a printed name tag, but can create a name tag upon arrival at the event. 


Center for Improving Value in Health Care