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Spotlight on Innovation
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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.               
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In The News
Free-standing EDs: Access or Just Excess?
By Cari Frank, January 2015, CIVHC
One relatively new facility type that's spreading like wildfire is the Free-standing Emergency Department (ED). Colorado now has more than 20 Free-standing EDs - all built within the last two years. You could make the argument that their location in highly populated suburban neighborhoods could be beneficial, however the CO APCD shows us that the majority of the top ten reasons people visited a Free-standing ED in 2014 were for non-emergent issues.
Patients Can Self-Administer IV Antibiotics at Home: Study
December 2015, HealthDay News
Patients can be taught to safely self-administer long-term intravenous antibiotics at home, without the help of a health care worker, a new study suggests. The finding could have a significant impact on uninsured patients who might otherwise spend weeks in a hospital receiving IV care.
Doctors Prescribe Old-Fashioned House Calls When Treating the Old and Frail
By Tara Bahrampour, December 2015, The Washington Post
A group of doctors are using a pilot under the Affordable Care Act to successfully bring home care to the frail elderly, allowing them to stay at home longer. The pilot has increased patient satisfaction while reducing emergency room visits and hospitalization rates, and decreasing costs.
Some Hospitals Prescribe Food, Take Other Steps to Fight Food Insecurity
New Patient Coalition Aims to Take on Cost of Health Care, Access to Quality Treatment
By Lenny Bernstein, December 2015
The Washington Post
Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update Interim Data From National Efforts To Make Care Safer, 2010-2014
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the updated report on the progress made under the Partnership for Patients effort to reduce hospital acquired infections. This document provides preliminary estimates for 2014 on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), indicating a 17 percent decline, from 145 to 121 HACs per 1,000 discharges, from 2010 to 2014.    
Good Samaritan, The Tech Boulder, And Making It All Meaningful...
By Bill Myers, December 2015 Provider Nation
The House has taken up a bill that would set aside tens of millions of dollars to help skilled nursing centers plug into high-speed broadband. The bill would amend a 2010 reworking of the Universal Service Fund that excluded skilled nursing facilities from health care communications subsidies.
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Healthy Transitions Colorado is a collaborative effort, focused on aligning and accelerating existing efforts to improve transitions of care for Coloradans. Our guiding principles are simple - by working together to break down the silos of health care, we can foster true community care coordination across facilities, specialties, and practices.