Project Summary: Assessing the Impact of Cost-Sharing Policy Changes on the Use of Preventive Services

Category: Outcome/Cost Improvement

Background: The Affordable Care Act includes the provision that Medicare and all private insurance plans are required to cover preventive services graded A and B by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force at no cost to the consumer. The purpose of this provision was to eliminate cost barriers for high-value preventive services that are associated with improved health outcomes.

Objective: To determine the efficacy of this policy change by analyzing claims data to measure changes in utilization of these services between 2009 through 2013.

Data Analyzed: Specific procedure codes for a selected age population, evaluating utilization for these populations.

Results: In progress.

Colorado Health Institute