Data Analytics in Medicaid: Spotlight on Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative

This first of three case studies examining key operational aspects of coordinated care initiatives in Medicaid focuses on Colorado’s Medicaid reform initiative, known as the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), and a contract for data analytics that is fundamental to it. The Statewide Data Analytics Contractor (SDAC) is responsible for providing actionable data, through a web portal, to primary care providers and regional care collaborative organizations. The data analytics and resources the SDAC provides, including performance, cost, and utilization metrics, and other data tools, are essential to the state’s efforts to drive improvement in care management and in Medicaid patient as well as community health, and to support the accountable care model.