Opportunities to Bend the Cost Curve: Reduce Cesarean Delivery Rates in Colorado

APCD C-section analysis cover
July 2014

Contact:  Cari Frank
Email:  cfrank@civhc.org

Analysis of claims data from the APCD indicates that reducing the rate of cesarean deliveries in Colorado by just 10 percent (consistent with the Healthy People 2020 goal)— or 1,708 procedures — could lower overall health care spending in the state by $6.5 million per year. This represents savings to Colorado Medicaid of $1.65 million, and to commercial insurance plans and beneficiaries of $4.85 million.

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