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The Power of Collective Impact
New Health Care Payment and Delivery Approaches at Work in Colorado
Integrated Care at Safety Net Clinics is Saving Lives
CIVHC Board Member Wins 2012 Inglehart Award
CIVHC External Stakeholder Presentations
Bundled Payment Resources
CIVHC in the News
Health care reform, the Colorado way
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fiscallyresponsibleThe Power of Collective Impact
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President & CEO
Phil Kalin

Each year after the Colorado Health Symposium I come away proud of the progress we've made in health care in our state and re-energized by the commitment and collaboration of so many Coloradans to achieve true systemic change. Through the efforts of many, a plan of action is coming into focus on ways to solve Colorado's health care problems. Rising costs, mediocre patient experience, a population getting less healthy, and a near total lack of transparent data that can make a broken system work better plagues our state and country. Many organizations in Colorado are pursuing strategies and engaging in interventions to address specific aspects of the solution. However, if Colorado is going to thrive we need to work faster, smarter and in a more systemic way.



By Edie Sonn, CIVHC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives (left), and 
Sara Schmitt, Colorado Health Institute Director (right)
Edie Sonn

Sara Schmitt Changing how we pay for health care - the process of moving from the current fee-for-service, pay-for-volume method to paying instead for quality and value - takes time and effort. It won't be an easy proposition to shift to models that support care coordination, that bundle payments for chronic diseases or that reward providers for meeting cost and quality measures.



WhyfocusonPalliativeCareIntegrated Care at Safety Net Clinics is Saving Lives
By Cari Frank, CIVHC Director of Communications
Darcy Rehn, Summit County Clinic
Darcy Rehn, SCCC Dentist, courtesy of summitclinic.org

Potentially preventing a teen from suicide by cleaning her teeth might seem like a far-fetched connection. But this was just one example of the power of an integrated team based approach to primary care at safety net clinics that was highlighted at this year's Colorado Health Symposium. August commemorates clinics serving vulnerable populations through both National Health Center Week and Colorado's Safety Net Clinic Week. In an effort to identify and promote effective, patient-centered delivery systems, CIVHC has learned that clinics like these that are treating the whole patient - mind, body and spirit - through a multi-disciplinary team approach are finding benefits they never imagined. 



CIVHCConnectBarbara Yondorf Wins 2012 Inglehart Award for Leadership in Health Care Policy 
Barb Yondorf

CIVHC board member Barb Yondorf received the distinguished John K. Iglehart Award for Leadership in Health Policy at this year's Colorado Health Symposium. The award "recognizes individuals whose wisdom, involvement and leadership have helped define and move forward positive health care reform".  That description so aptly captures Barb's many years of contributions and leadership, both in Colorado and on the national scene. Congratulations to Barb on this prestigious and well-deserved honor. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our work at CIVHC!

Click here to learn more about the John Iglehart Award and to view a list of previous awardees.

BundledPaymentCIVHC External Stakeholder Presentations

Health Symposium picCore to CIVHC's mission is engaging a broad audience in supporting the Triple Aim objectives of better health, improved quality and cost containment for Colorado. To that end, CIVHC's team often presents to stakeholder groups across the state and country. Below is a list of past and future events at which we've presented or will present on one or more of our focus areas: payment reform, data and transparency and delivery system redesign. Please contact us if you would like us to present at your upcoming event.


BundledPaymentBundled Payments Webinar Materials and Resources Available

Bundled Payment graphicDid you miss CIVHC's webinar last month on Bundled Payments? Don't worry! You can listen to the recording, download the presentations and access all of the resources including the Colorado Users Guide for Current Legal Issues on our website by clicking here.


The Center for Improving Value in Health Care is a non-profit, collaborative organization supporting the Triple Aim for health care: improving health, increasing quality and containing costs. We would like to thank The Colorado Trust, the Colorado Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation and Caring for Colorado for providing funding to support our organization and focus areas.