The National Coalition on Health Care convened a group of leading stakeholders in February of 2021 to discuss the role that all payer claims databases (APCDs) can play in advancing health care affordability. Specifically, we wanted to understand the role that APCDs could play in driving purchaser leverage to reduce health care costs. Purchasers and policymakers need data that provide insights into cost drivers, and those associated with relatively better value and outcomes. Our discussion followed new short-term federal grant funding passed by Congress at the end of 2020 for state APCDs in Section 115 of the No Surprises Act, included in the Consolidated Omnibus Act, 2021. Read the full issue brief here.