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2013 Colorado Health Symposium Reflections
Over 60 Organizations Support Care Transitions Campaign; First Webinar Sept. 18
Spotlight on Innovation: Longmont Community Health Network
Over 650,000 Medicare Lives to be Included in the CO APCD
Big Data: Good, Bad or Inevitable?
CO APCD Database Version 2.0 Webinar Recording Available
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2013 Colorado Health Symposium Reflections
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President and CEO

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Every year the Colorado Health Foundation brings together over 300 people from throughout Colorado and the U.S. to explore a wide array of health-related issues and drivers of change in the health and health care eco-system. This year's Colorado Health Symposium topic was "Health Forward: Harnessing the Energy of Change". Throughout the three days, participants were encouraged by national experts to contemplate the forces of change - policy, consumer demand, marketplace and others - in an effort to identify innovations at play that will impact our mutual efforts to achieve the Triple Aim....better health, better care and lower costs.

This was my fourth year attending the Symposium and I came away more optimistic and enlivened than ever before. The presentations and discussions cemented my belief that we've reached a tipping point where dramatic and disruptive changes are reshaping healthcare and there isn't any going back.


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Over 60 Organizations Pledge Support for HTC; First Webinar September 18
healthy trans. Stacked RBGSince the launch of Healthy Transitions Colorado in early July, 63 organizations from across Colorado have signed the pledge to participate as a community partner in the statewide care transitions campaign aimed at reducing hospital readmissions and saving millions in health care dollars.


CFMC, one of HTC's operating partners, is hosting the campaign's first live educational Webinar, "Implementing an Enhanced Home Health Program to Prevent Hospital Readmissions", on September 18th from 12:30-1:30pm MT. The webinar is free of charge and open to anyone interested in participating. 

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Spotlight on Innovation: Longmont Community Health Network

Longmont Community Health Network is a collaborative comprised of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), clinics, hospitals and other medical providers in the Longmont area focused in part on ensuring patients get access to the most appropriate care setting by integrating existing public safety resources into the overall health care system. The Network plans to partner providers with and empower Public Safety Paramedics to triage patients to determine the right location for treatment. Integrating EMS more fully in the community will provide high quality care while simultaneously reducing health care costs by ensuring patients receive the right care at the right time at the right location.

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CIVHC has been designated as one of 11 national organizations certified as a Qualified Entity through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Created through the Affordable Care Act, the Qualified Entity Program will allow Colorado to combine Medicare claims representing 650,000 additional Colorado lives with the over 2.5 million Medicaid and commercial payer lives currently in the Colorado All Payer Claims Database. The addition of Medicare claims will allow for more robust reporting and evaluation of utilization and provider performance across the state to improve quality, reduce costs, and provide consumers with information to make value-driven health care decisions.

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Big Data: Good, Bad or Inevitable?

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Tracey Campbell, Jay Want, and Phil Kalin presenting at CO Health Symposium
August 8, 2013

CIVHC staff Phil Kalin, Jay Want and Tracey Campbell, had the pleasure of presenting at last week's 2013 Colorado Health Symposium hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation. The session, "Big Data: Good, Bad or Inevitable", centered around defining and understanding the concept of big data, and thinking about how access to new data sources could effect both individuals and the health care market more broadly. Three scenarios were presented for group discussion which were designed to encourage participants to move beyond their current perception of ways in which data is used and think outside the box on the potential uses and impact, both good and bad, of big data.


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CO All Payer Claims Database Version 2.0 Webinar Recording Available

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For the first time, counties across Colorado can evaluate their health care costs compared to "expected costs" based on the overall health status of the patients from their county. As of July, Colorado's All Payer Claims Database (APCD) now includes severity of illness adjustments that measure patient health status, an important tool to understand variations in cost and utilization. Additional reports also released in July  include costs to provide care to asthma and diabetic patients, and a breakdown of health care spending categorized by overall patient health status. 

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Listen to our Webinar recording from July 24 to learn more about the new reports available with the latest CO APCD release. 

Spreading the Triple Aim Message

Below are just a few examples of upcoming external stakeholder meetings where CIVHC is promoting better health, better care and lower costs.

  • Colorado Community Health Network Executive Committee - Sept 12
  • HFMA Fall Rural Conference - Sept 20
  • Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting - Sept 21
  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce - Sept 26

Contact us if you would like us to present at your upcoming event! 

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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 in Colorado: better health, better care, and lower 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.