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Washington All-Payer Health Care Claims Database Program

In 2014, the Washington State Legislature passed landmark legislation that directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to establish the Washington State All-Payer Claims Database (WA-APCD). The database will serve as a vital resource for health care claims in Washington state.

Lead Organization and Data Vendor

The Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is the WA-APCD Lead Organization responsible for the implementation and operation of the WA-APCD. CHSE is a leader in researching healthcare delivery serviced aimed at improving value and “bending the cost curve” of spending growth. Ted von Glahn is serving as the program director for OHSU.

Onpoint Health Data is the contracted data vendor for the WA-APCD. Onpoint has over 40 years’ experience in health data, developed Maine’s APCD in 2003, and launched over half of the nation’s statewide APCD solutions.

Rule-making for the WA-APCD

Introduction to the APCD rules
Rule-making timeline - revised February 2018
Phase I Rule-Making - completed effective February 29, 2016
Phase 2 Rule-Making - completed effective December 2, 2016
Phase 3 Rule-Making - in progress

Resources for WA-APCD

Chapter 43.371 RCW
Washington State All-Payer Health Care Claims Database overview
Data supplier registration link for the WA-APCD
Data Access Under Chapter 43.371 RCW: Statewide Health Care Claim Data
Report to Legislature - December 1, 2016
Report to Legislature - December 1, 2017

Other Resources

APCD Council resources
National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO)

Healthcare Price Transparency Resources

Washington State MONAHRQ – an information system of hospital inpatient care utilization, quality and potentially avoidable stays in Washington state’s community hospitals and by Washington residents.

Inpatient procedures and Hospital Search - search for some common inpatient procedures to see which hospitals performed them, the average hospital cost of the procedure, and the associated hospital quality performance. Results based on data from Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS) and CMS Hospital Compare.

Contact Information

OFM Program contact: Thea Mounts
OHSU CHSE contact: Ted von Glahn
Onpoint Health Data contact: James Harrison

Last updated: February 21, 2018
E-mail: apcd@ofm.wa.gov