Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
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August 2016
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Capitalize on Federal Dollars to Fund Practice Innovation

Colorado practices have a unique opportunity to apply for two federal initiatives in the next two months to fuel practice transformation. The  Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), which helps integrate behavioral health and primary care in healthcare settings throughout the state, is preparing to recruit its second cohort of primary care practices. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier today that Colorado was selected as one of 14 regions for the  Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, a new program that also seeks to transform care delivery in the state. The SIM Office is excited about this new opportunity for Colorado practices, and believes CPC+ dovetails with SIM efforts currently underway. The  CPC+ practice application was released this month and more information on the application for the second cohort of SIM practices will be released by the end of the month. More information will be posted to the SIM website as it becomes available.

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TriWest Leading the Charge for In-State Evaluation of SIM

TriWest, the SIM state-led evaluator, has delivered all initial evaluation plans. These include evaluation questions, measures, data sources, and methodology for all major components of SIM. The first quarterly rapid-cycle feedback report was delivered in July. These rapid-cycle reports are intended to provide the SIM Office and stakeholders with real-time, actionable data to inform program decisions and implementation, including any course corrections. The next rapid-cycle report will be delivered in October. 

In addition to the rapid-cycle report,  TriWest also completed the logic model, which will allow us to identify w hat types of data are needed to evaluate SIM efforts.

The TriWest team continues to work with stakeholders to implement these plans and continually gather feedback. 
Colorado Regional Health Connectors to be Announced Friday, August 12

The Colorado Regional Health Connectors (RHC) Program will announce new RHC Host Organizations on Friday, Aug. 12. Be among the first to get the announcement by signing up for RHC Program updates at this link.
Thirteen organizations across the state submitted proposals on July 1 to host a RHC for their regions. Proposals were reviewed by a selection committee that comprises health policy, clinical care, community engagement and public health experts from urban and rural regions throughout Colorado. Successful proposals  demonstrated strong existing community relationships, experience with similar work, and plans to improve the health of communities across the proposed region.
A total of $5 million will be awarded to RHC Host Organizations across Colorado during the next three years. The awards are made possible through a collaboration between Colorado SIM, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the EvidenceNOW Southwest initiative, which is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The awards announced on Friday will constitute approximately half of the total program awards. For more information, please visit the Colorado RHC Program website or contact the RHC Program staff at .
Sign-up for TCPi Today

The Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPi), a federal program offered statewide for up to 2,000 providers and staff, is close to capacity. Eligible providers include MDs, DOs, PAs and APNs, LCSWs and psychologists in primary care, specialty care, and behavioral health practices. Providers enrolled in a Medicare shared savings program or the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCi) are not eligible. 

Learn more about the program in a short, informational webinar or enroll:

Contact Allyson Gottsman, TCPi program administrator, with questions: or 303.915.7701.
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