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What We Want and Have in Health Reform Aren't So Different
Laying Out a Path to Pay for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care
A Note Taker's Perspective on Collaboration and the State Innovation Model
Spotlight on Innovation: High Plains CHC Care Team Redesign
HTC Webinar October 15: Colorado's Reducing Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative
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What We Want and Have in Health Reform Aren't So Different
By Phil Kalin, CIVHC President and CEO

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You could generally count on the old TV westerns having at least one wild bar fight in which people were having bottles and chairs busted over their heads while others were being thrown over the bar and out the window. Usually the reason for the argument was lost and forgotten after the first chair was thrown and the melee stopped the second the sheriff strode in and fired his six shooter up into the ceiling. The chaos of a government shutdown over funding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reminds me of those old bar fights. In this case, I wish the American consumer could play sheriff, knock some heads together and say "we have the answer right here in front of us...now let's do the right thing."

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Laying Out a Path to Pay for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care

By Edie Sonn, CIVHC VP of Strategic Initiatives 
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Integrating physical and behavioral care is good health policy - and it's good for health.

 

The Institute of Medicine acknowledged that in 1996, when it advocated an integrated approach to primary care that would address physical, mental and emotional, and social functioning. And primary care providers see the importance of this every day. Patients' mental and physical health problems are interwoven, especially for the chronically ill: the vast majority of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, lung disease and others have co-occurring mental health and/or substance use issues. And there is significant evidence that integrating primary and behavioral health care leads to improved outcomes and reduced costs of care.

 

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A Note Taker's Perspective on Collaboration and the State Innovation Model
By Cortney Green, Program Assistant 
When Colorado received a State Innovation Model Pre-Testing Assistance Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in March 2013, I had no idea that I was about to witness a study in hard work, collaboration, and progressive thinking. Multiple organizations and state offices have worked on the State Innovation Model (SIM), including the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Health Institute, University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine, and CIVHC. As part of the goal to make Colorado the healthiest state, the SIM plan focuses on integrating physical and behavioral health.

 

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Spotlight on Innovation: High Plains CHC Care Team Redesign
By Tom Strong and Laura Faulkner, The Hitachi Foundation
In the early 2000s, High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar, CO was struggling to stay in business. With just three doctors on staff, the clinic was having trouble keeping pace with high patient volume - its patient base was over half of Prowers County's 14,000 residents. Many of High Plains' patients were elderly and/or battling costly, chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Like many rural clinics, High Plains had difficulty recruiting doctors and nurses, and those they had were only able to see an average of 1.82 patients per hour. This resulted in lengthy wait times and frustration on the part of both patients and providers.
HTC Webinar October 15: Colorado's Reducing Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative
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Join Healthy Transitions Colorado's free Webinar October 15th, 12-1:00pm MT to learn about Colorado Hospital Association and UnitedHealthcare's Reducing Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative. In year one of this two-year initiative, the program has seen double-digit decreases in hospital readmissions and savings of nearly $3 million.
 

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.
  • 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 

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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.