Welcome to the Arkansas All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)

There is a growing demand and need for transparency of healthcare information in Arkansas to promote high-value care and advance research. Consumers, employers, and policymakers are advocating for greater reporting on the prices of healthcare services as a way to encourage consumers to choose low-cost, high-quality providers and to promote competition based on value. The Arkansas All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) is a dynamic tool that will enable the state to further its transparency objectives by collecting healthcare data from public and private sources and empowering Arkansans with information to better understand how and where healthcare is being delivered and how much is being spent. Please see the “How to Use the APCD Website” box below to learn how to navigate the Arkansas APCD website.
What's New?

Arkansas APCD Announcements

Delay to accept data in DSG 7.0.2019 (UPDATED! 5/1/2019) 
All issues have been resolved and the Arkansas APCD DSG 7.0.2019 data intake process is open and available to all submitters.
 
Tip Sheet for APCD Data Requesters (NEW! 4/16/2019) 
The Tip Sheet contains information about data quality or data nuances that affect data in the Arkansas APCD. This information is provided at the Submitting Entity (SE) level where applicable, otherwise, the issue described affects all SEs. Data requesters should review and consider each of these as they move forward with their stated use of the data. Where possible, issues will be addressed in future Arkansas APCD releases. Issues categorized as “Informational” cannot or will not be addressed. Resolution is being addressed for issues categorized as “Active.” Resolved issues are categorized as “Resolved.” 
If you have any questions while reviewing the document, please contact Data Requester Technical Support at adrs@achiapcd.atlassian.net.
 
 
DSG Version 7.0.2109 Technical Change Final (NEW! 3/14/2019) **
The Arkansas APCD is releasing a technical change to the 7.0.2019 data submission guide (DSG). Periodically, typographic and/or wording errors are found that need to be cleaned up prior to the following year's DSG release. For DSG 7.0.2019, two issues were addressed in this technical change: 
  1. Field lengths were increased to 128 bytes for fields DC047, DC048, and DC049. They were correct in the Excel version of DSG 7.0.2019. This correction aligns the documents. 
  2. Removed the term "contractual" from allowed amount fields MC098, PC068, PB068, and DC046 to more accurately describe the data element meanings. 
Be sure to review the Revision History for a detailed list of changes and additions. Submitting entities who have already submitted historical data files as of calendar years 2013-2018 do not have to resubmit historical data with new fields added in DSG 7.0.2019. The Arkansas APCD team will execute the necessary data transformation processes to add these fields to the historical data already received. Previous DSG versions - including 4.1.2015, 5.0.2017, 5.1.2017, and 6.0.2018 - are being retired. Any submissions received on or after June 30, 2019, must be made in the format outlined in Arkansas APCD DSG version 7.0.2019, until a new version is released and becomes the new standard. The Arkansas APCD will be able to receive the 7.0.2019 format in April, 2019. Submitters may begin submitting in the new format at that time. 
 

Please reach out to the Arkansas APCD Technical Support team with any questions or concerns. 

*Version 7.0.2019 with comments marks and explains the individual changes between Version 6 and Version 7 and any technical changes.
**As of 6/30/2019, data submissions will only be accepted in DSG 7.0.2019 format. After that date, data will no longer be accepted in other DSG formats. 
 
Also see the links on the Data Submission Guide (DSG) Resources page for DSG 6.0.2018 which is in effect until June 30, 2019. 
 
 
NEW!!! Member Enrollment File Training (NEW! 2/21/2019)
A new version of the Submitting Entity Instruction document for creating Member Enrollment file is now available at the link below. 
If you have any questions while reviewing the document, please contact Submitter Technical Support at support@achiapcd.atlassian.net.
 
 
 
Healthcare Transparency Resources
Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board
 
Next meeting: Tentatively Tuesday, October 9th, 1-3 PM (Victory Building-1401 W. Capitol Ave, Suite 445, Little Rock, AR)
 
 Healthcare Transparency Legislation
How to Use the APCD Website

Below is a summary of the tabs listed at the top of this page, each representing different content areas of the website:

  • Visit the Reports and Maps tab to view reports on the price and utilization of select procedures
  • Visit the Resources tab to find additional information on healthcare transparency efforts in Arkansas and the national level
  • Visit the Governance tab to learn more about Arkansas APCD oversight and governing authority 
  • Visit the About the APCD tab to find out more about the Arkansas APCD project, including contact information, frequently asked questions, a listing of data sources, and more
 
Submitting Entity Resources
Submitting Entity Registration Forms

Click below to access registration forms for the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative. 

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Data Requester Resources
The Arkansas APCD team is proud to announce that the Data Release Request Process is now live. Please use the links below to access the Data Request Application forms and to see a list of approved applications.