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CIVHC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary and New Staff
CIVHC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary and New Staff
Getting Patients to Chose a Honda Over a BMW
SHAPE Program Pilots Paying for Integrated Behavioral and Physical Health
2012 Colorado APCD Annual Report Now Available
CO Receives Funding to Refine Physical and Behavioral Health Integration Plan
CIVHC in the News
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BREAKING NEWS: Legislation Passes to Include Small Group Claims in Colorado's APCD
Colorado's All Payer Claims Database will soon be able to collect claims from the small group (insurance for businesses with fewer than 50 employees) market, now that HB 13-1015 has passed both chambers and is on its way to the governor for signature. The bill passed the Colorado Senate today on a unanimous vote, after passing the Colorado House with strong bipartisan support. It repeals a 40-year-old provision of state law that restricts the... 

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CIVHC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary and New Staff
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President & CEO
Phil KalinFebruary 13th marked five years since Governor Ritter signed the Executive Order to develop the Center for Improving Value in Health Care. In those five years since CIVHC was merely an idea born out of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, much has changed for our organization and our state as a whole. The future of health care in Colorado looks bright, and I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce several new staff and highlight some new resources we made available this month in support of Colorado efforts.

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Getting Patients to Chose a Honda Over a BMW
By Cari Frank, CIVHC Director of Communications 
Cari Frank

An email with the subject line "Patients Prefer High Cost Care" came through my inbox a few weeks ago. It was spurred by a recent study in Health Affairs revealing that patients would typically select a higher cost service like an MRI over a lower cost CT scan even after being educated on the marginal difference between the results. 


As a part of CIVHC's Colorado All Payer Claims Database team, I'm working to develop publicly available consumer information on cost and quality for health care services... 

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Spotlight on CO Innovation: SHAPE Program Pilots Paying for Integrated Behavioral and Physical Health

Through an innovative partnership between an academic institution, a national organization, and a not-for-profit health plan, the SHAPE (Sustaining Healthcare Across integrated Primary care Efforts) program aims to address one of the most significant problems facing the field of integrating behavioral health and primary care: financial sustainability. An issue brief by SHAPE indicates that primary care either directly or indirectly manages a large percentage of patients with mental health, behavioral health, or substance abuse disorders. Additionally, primary care providers are uniquely positioned to support behavioral interventions that will address broader public health problems, such as obesity - even when no mental health diagnosis is present. Integrating care for these patients could garner positive impacts including improved access, satisfaction, treatment adherence, cost effectiveness, and clinical outcomes. 

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2012 Colorado APCD Annual Report Now Available
Annual Report coverOn an annual basis, the Colorado All Payer Claims Database administrator (CIVHC) and the APCD Advisory Committee are required to submit an APCD report to the Governor's office and General Assembly. This third annual report includes historic information describing the need and unique value of the CO APCD, oversight and governance, privacy and security and milestones achieved since 2010. The report also provides anticipated milestones for 2013 and beyond including a timeline for adding additional health insurance payers and planned enhancements to publicly available reports on www.cohealthdata.org.

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Colorado Receives Funding to Refine Physical and Behavioral Health Integration Plan
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In February, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced Colorado as one of 25 states awarded funding to modify, develop or test a statewide health care innovation plan. Colorado received a "pre-testing" award that will provide assistance and funding to enhance the initial plan submitted in September to CMMI.

The Innovation Center created the State Innovation Models initiative for states interested in planning, designing, testing, and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation. Through the initiative, CMMI will be testing innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential...

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Spreading the Triple Aim Message

Below are just a few examples of external stakeholder meetings where CIVHC is promoting improving health, enhancing quality and containing costs.

  • Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium - Mar. 1
  • SCL Health System Spring Leadership Conference - Mar. 4
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health - Mar. 6
  • Colorado Psychological Association - Mar. 6
  • Colorado Community Health Network - Mar. 6
  • Puget Sound Health Alliance - Mar. 8
  • CHSM Hospital Executive Forum - Mar. 8 
  • Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Board - Mar. 12
  • Colorado Business Group on Health - Mar.14  
  • CFMC Learning and Action Network - Mar. 18
  • New Mexico Hospital Association - April 4
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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.