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Colorado on Top of Exchange Momentum
Spotlight on Innovation: 21st Century Care
Healthy Transitions Colorado Webinar Sept. 18
Spreading the Triple Aim Message
Recent News, Articles & Resources 

Colorado on Top of Exchange Momentum
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President and CEO

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A long plane ride this week gave me some time to peruse some of my favorite blogs and daily updates. By happenstance, I read four in a row in which a common thread was the implementation of the ACA and in particular, insurance exchanges. Each article pulled me in a different direction but there were some unifying themes. I was reminded that while we've come a long way and are making great strides on providing coverage and access, we still have significant hurdles to overcome and need to bear in mind that there will still be remaining gaps to fill. 

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Spotlight on Innovation: 21st Century Care


As the recipient of a $19.8 million federal Health Care Innovation Challenge grant, Denver Health is increasing service integration, expanding services, improving quality of care, and reducing costs through their 21st Century Care model. Denver Health and partner Mental Health Center of Denver began implementing the model after receiving their three-year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center in July 2012. The model transforms the primary care delivery system by providing enhanced services focused on each individual's medical, behavioral, and social needs. Anticipated outcomes of 21st Century Care include cost savings, increased quality and scope of care, and workforce training.  


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Webinar Sept. 18th: Implementing an Enhanced Home Health Program to Prevent Hospital Readmissions
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Join Healthy Transitions Colorado's first educational Webinar September 18th from 12:30-1:30 MT to learn how California hospitals are partnering with their local home health agencies to drastically reduce their 30-day readmissions. Hosted by operating partner CFMC, you'll hear lessons learned and best practice strategies from experts including Jennifer Weickowski, MSG, Care Transitions Program Director at Health Services Advisory Group and Rebecca A. Cohen, MPH, Performance Improvement Facilitator at Cedars-Sinai Health System. The webinar is free of charge and open to anyone interested in participating. 


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
  • Center for Hospice and Palliative Care Annual Conference - Oct 3
  • State of Healthcare Event - Oct 30 
  • Healthcare Quality Coalition of Colorado - Nov 1
  • Mesa County Medical Society - Nov 5 

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.