Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
Monthly Newsletter
January, 2016
In This Issue
SIM Extension Service to Advance
 Integration Efforts

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) has been selected by the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Office to lead the creation of its extension service, a program designed to connect medical practices with local resources such as public health agencies across Colorado so that patients get a full range of care and support. The four-year contract calls for CHI to establish the SIM Extension Service and provide its governance, coordination and oversight. 

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Meet the New Members of the SIM Advisory Board

The SIM Office is pleased to introduce you to the five newest members of the Advisory Board:
  • HIT Representative: Arthur Davidson, MD, Denver Health

  • Hospital Representative: Glenn Most, PsyD., West Pines Behavioral Health

  • Health Plan Representative: Cara Beatty, MD, United Health Group

  • Consumer Representative: Carol Meredith, Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas County

  • Consumer Representative: Carol Pace, FACMPE, Volunteer Advocate for AARP and CCHI
The SIM Office is thrilled to have these highly-qualified individuals join the Board. We invite you to take a few minutes to read through the  short biographies for each of our new Board members

The Board members were selected by the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions through an open application process. Thank you to everyone who applied, we appreciate your time and interest in SIM.
Register for SIM Practice Facilitator and CHITA Training

The University of Colorado 
Anschutz will be hosting a training event for the SIM Practice Transformation Organizations (PTOs) on January 20 and 21, 2016.  The training will focus on practice transformation as it relates to integrating behavioral health into primary care. 

All SIM PTOs are encouraged to send all practice facilitators and CHITAs anticipated to work with SIM practices to the
event. This innovative training will provide a comprehensive framework outlining project expectations, overview of assessments, administration of tools, as well as detailed implementation information and panel discussions.

For more information on the PTO training click here

For a list of SIM PTOs  click here
Save the Date for the Colorado Telehealth Consensus Conference

The Colorado Telehealth Working Group invites you to register for the 2016 Colorado Telehealth Consensus Conference on February 1, 2016. The conference  will be a one day strategic planning forum for telehealth going forward in Colorado.

The focus of the conference will be centered on the following two use cases:
  1. Using telehealth in clinical settings
  2. What will telehealth delivery look like in the future?
The primary goal for this all-day session will be the creation of a white paper outlining the strategic vision for a coordinated approach to telehealth implementation and delivery in Colorado. Your input will be critical to achieving this goal!

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Leigh O'Connell, Colorado Telehealth Network at 720-330-6081 or at .

Event Details:

What: 2016 Colorado Telehealth Consensus Conference
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Address: 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO 80601
Waymire Building (Dome)
Rendezvous Rooms 1, 2, 3

Apply to Participate in the Accountable Health Communities Model

The Accountable Health Communities Model is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2016. The Model addresses a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current health care delivery system by testing a systematic approach to identifying and addressing health-related social needs of Medicare & Medicaid beneficiaries. The Model awards cooperative agreements to organizations chosen to participate in the model test. Visit our website to access the Letter of Intent and Request for Applications. You can email us at to get your questions answered.
In the News

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network,  Alternative Payment Model Framework and Progress Tracking (APM FPT) Work Group, 
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