About the Arkansas APCD

An All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) is a large-scale database that systematically collects healthcare data from a variety of sources. APCD functionality varies from state-to- state, and APCDs have been vehicles for increased transparency in the healthcare system, examinations of quality among healthcare services, and assessments of the impact of state programs and initiatives. Currently, 15 states have an APCD and several more are actively working to implement this type of database. For more information on nationwide progress, visit the APCD Council website at www.apcdcouncil.org.

The Health Insurance Rate Review Division (HIRRD), a division of the Arkansas Insurance Department (AID), was awarded a Cycle III grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to “Support Health Insurance Rate Review and Increase Transparency in Health Care Pricing.” The award included specific funding for an APCD. AID/HIRRD conducted a national search and solicitation for qualified and competitive bidders. Following an extensive evaluation process, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) was awarded the contract to establish an APCD for the State of Arkansas.

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