Project Title: Characterizing Hepatitis C in Colorado

Category: Outcome/Cost Improvement

CO APCD Scholarship Recipient: Yes

Background: The mission of CDPHE Viral Hepatitis Program (VHP) is to stop the spread of hepatitis B and C and limit the progression of these infections to liver disease. Programs are focused on viral hepatitis prevention, perinatal hepatitis B prevention and case management, and public health surveillance for hepatitis B and C.

Objective: To better understand HCV screening/testing patterns and frequency including, disparities in screening/testing by sex, age, geography and payer, and to better estimate the proportion of people in Colorado living with hepatitis C who are in care for their HCV infection. The Program requested claims in order to characterize the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic in Colorado and to evaluate screening practices and clinical outcomes related to HCV in the state.

Data Analyzed: 2009 through the most recent health care claims aggregated data along with specific Hepatitis C ICD9 and CPT codes.

Results: CDPHE used CO APCD claims data to validate existing data sources and to produce actionable data in order to increase access to immunizations in Colorado. CO APCD data allowed CDPHE to obtain a better count of immunizing providers in the state, provider saturation by county, plus helped determine required dose level.

Colorado Prevention Services Division