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SGR Repeal and the End of Fee for Service Payments
Wonks Unite to Discuss Transparency
Spotlight on Innovation: CCHN, Preparing for Change
Focus Group Volunteers Needed
CIVHC Named a Partner in AHRQ Grant
HTC Symposia & Community Partner Pledge
New Faces at CIVHC
Palliative Care Webinar Recording Available
Articles of Interest

Collaboration Between NCQA PCMHs and Specialty Behavioral Health and Medical Services 


The Building Blocks of Successful Payment Reform 


Next Generation ACO Model 


Anthem CEO: Insurers Must 'Pivot' to Win Loyalty 


Predictive Analytics, Big Data Underpin Episodes of Care 


Medical Data Seen as Key to Improving Quality, Reducing Cost 


Paperwork Overload May Drive Patients Away from Providers 

SGR Repeal and the End of Fee for Service Payments:  A New Era for Forward Thinking Physician Groups
By Bob Kershner, CIVHC Director of Stakeholder Relations

The perennial "Doc Fix" debate is nearing an end.  On April 14th, the Senate voted overwhelmingly (92-8) to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and implement a new payment model for physicians participating in Medicare. The House approved the bill last month with an unusually high degree of bipartisanship. President Obama has said he would sign the legislation.


The repeal of SGR accomplishes two critical things.  First, it allows for virtually no increase in Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) rates over the next 10 years. Second, it puts into place opportunities and incentives for physicians to enter into value based payment models such as Bundled Payments, PCMH and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) if they are willing to abide by quality measures and accept risk. 

Wonks Unite to Discuss Transparency
By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer

Jay WantOriginally featured on wanthealthcarellc.com 


In case you missed it, last month was the Second Annual Transparency Summit in Washington, a fabulous wonk sprint of two and a half days on all things transparent and emergent in health care transformation. While these conferences are always biased toward the true believers of the concept in the conference title, I left with a number of insights:

  • Transparency of what, and to whom?  While we tend to think of transparency as consumer information, just as critical is transparency of measurement and judgment for providers.   

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Spotlight on Innovation: CCHN, Preparing for Change
By Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Grant Writer and Report Specialist
Each year, thousands of people across Colorado seek treatment at a Community Health Center (CHC). Central to this exceptional care is the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), the non-profit organization that represents the 18 CHCs across the state.

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Focus Group Volunteers Needed

CIVHC is looking for participants to provide feedback on the content and ease of use of the planned expansion of the website www.comedprice.org. As a thank-you for participation, CIVHC will email you a $25 Amazon gift certificate upon completion. The ideal focus group participant is a member of the general public with little to no knowledge of the intricacies of health care cost and quality.

Dates: Tues, April 28, 12-1:00 pm MT, OR Wed, April 29, 5-6:00 pm MT

Commitment: To participate, we will ask you to spend 15-20 minutes reviewing the preview website, walking through a few scenarios and jotting down your experience prior to attending the focus group. Then you will choose to participate in one of two focus groups which will take place via Webinar on April 28th (12-1 pm MT) OR April 29th (5-6pm MT) where we will ask you to provide us with your feedback.

Sign Up: Complete this electronic survey to provide us with your information. We will contact you upon completion.

All feedback and information you provide to us via the survey and during the focus groups will remain anonymous and will not be publicized in any manner using your name or contact information.

Questions? Contact Cari Frank, Director of Communications at CIVHC (cfrank@civhc.org, or 303-903-6007). 
CIVHC Named a Partner in National AHRQ Grant
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and multiple regional health care collaboratives including CIVHC in Colorado,  Massachusetts and Utah, were named subcontractors to the National Bureau of Economic Research and Harvard University on a national AHRQ grant. CIVHC and its partners will use the funding to understand how the structure of the health care delivery system is related to clinical and economic outcomes across four individual markets. The Colorado All Payer Claims Database will be critical for the Colorado analysis.


Healthy Transitions Colorado Symposia and Community Partner Pledge

Save the Date!

Beginning in June 2015, Healthy Transitions Colorado is hosting a series of three symposia focused on key aspects of care transitions:


June 26th, 2014 - Building Transitions from the Inside Out

October 16th, 2014 - Nurturing Community Collaboration

January 15th, 2015 - Fostering Patient and Family Engagement


Become a Community Partner!

Join the 100+ Colorado organizations that have already pledged their commitment to improve health care transitions and reduce admission.
New Faces at CIVHC

Please help us welcome our newest team members! Visit our staff page to learn more about our staff, their roles and background.

Dave Abernethy - VP, Analytics and Data Operations (view press release)


Courtney Bentrott, MPH, CPH - Program Coordinator, Healthy Transitions Colorado

Palliative Care in Colorado Webinar Recording Now Available

In March, CIVHC hosted the first of a series of Palliative Care in Colorado webinars. The materials and recording of this exciting and lively discussion are now available on our Palliative Care page. Check out the resources and then join the conversation in the Palliative Care in Colorado LinkedIn group.

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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.