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Seeing the Whole Picture
Spotlight on Innovation: Reassembling the Puzzle
CO APCD Data in Action: Patient Satisfaction with Discharge Info
CIVHC Participating in National AHRQ Initiative
HTC Symposium Jan.15: Keynote - Eric Coleman, MD, MPH
Articles of Interest

Seeing the Whole Picture
By Ana English, President and CEO, CIVHC
Anyone who's looked at an impressionist painting at close range knows that until you step back and look at the whole picture, it's hard to know what you're really looking at. The recent New York Times article, "The Experts Were Wrong About the Best Places for Better and Cheaper Health Care" demonstrates this phenomenon perfectly. Turns out the "experts" were wrong because they were missing a significant portion of the picture of health care, resulting in some false assumptions. They had access to Medicare data only, and assumed incorrectly that communities with low costs to treat Medicare would provide care at lower costs for the entire community. 
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Spotlight on Innovation: Reassembling the Puzzle: Advancing Care Together
By Stephanie Spriggs, Grant Writer and Report Specialist,  CIVHC
Behavioral health includes mental health and substance abuse, as well as life stressors and crises or stress-related physical symptoms. Over half the people with a behavioral health disorder do not receive treatment for their condition. 
CO APCD Data in Action: How Patient Satisfaction with Discharge Information Can Reduce Readmissions
Logic dictates that if a patient fully understands their hospital discharge instructions then they would be less likely to be readmitted. However, there is little formal data about the correlation between effective discharge information from the patient's perspective and hospital readmission rates. For the last several months, CIVHC and Healthy Transitions Colorado  have been working Regis University to evaluate CO APCD data with patient survey information from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) to see if such a relationship exists.
CIVHC Participating in National AHRQ Initiative

Why do health care quality and cost outcomes vary - in some cases quite widely - from state to state, region to region, and even within the same city? The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is one of four state organizations participating in a five-year study that aims to create a national model to help understand the characteristics of a region or state that contribute to better health care at lower costs. 

The study, funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), will tap into extensive information - insurance claims, patient-experience data, and other qualitative information - available in four regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) to identify which health care delivery systems in a region or state deliver high quality, affordable care. 
Healthy Transitions Colorado: Symposium - January 15, 2016 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH , is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Coleman is the Director of the Care Transitions Program, aimed at improving quality and safety during times of care "handoffs."

Dr. Coleman serves as the Executive Director of the Practice Change Leaders--a national program to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. 

Dr. Coleman was recognized with a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship for his work in bridging innovation and practice through enhancing the role of patients and family caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions. 

Following Dr. Coleman's session, hear provider and patient panels, best practices, and success stories surrounding this multi-faceted topic. View the agenda below and visit the  Healthy Transitions Colorado website for the most up to date information on this event.