Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
Monthly Newsletter
May, 2016
In This Issue
Request for Applications: Practice Transformation Small Grants Fund 

The SIM Office, in conjunction with The Colorado Health Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Applications (RFA) for small grants made through the SIM Practice Transformation fund. Practices participating in the first SIM Practice Transformation Cohort are eligible to apply for up to $40,000 in support over the course of participation in SIM. Funds are intended to support the practice in achieving SIM practice transformation milestones and implementing their practice improvement plan.
Click here for more information on this funding opportunity for SIM practices
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Register to Attend an Informational Webinar on the Telehealth Strategy for SIM

The SIM Health Information Technology (HIT) Workgroup invites all interested stakeholders to attend an informational webinar on the SIM telehealth strategy,  Thursday, May 26, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  
The webinar will be led by members of the SIM HIT Workgroup, along with Spark Policy Institute, who is contracted to lead the development of a comprehensive telehealth strategy for SIM. Come hear about plans to develop a vision for this project, contribute your insight, and ask your questions by clicking the registration link located below. More details, including location and call-in information, will be sent to those who register. 

Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative Remains Open - Find Out How This Opportunity Can Help You Prepare For New Payment Models

TCPi Colorado Practice Transformation Network presents an opportunity for 2,000 clinicians in Colorado to receive practice support as they prepare for new payment models. All physicians -- primary care and specialists --  are encouraged to stay up to date on Medicare payment reform and consider taking advantage of this federally-funded support to help their practice thrive in the evolving health care landscape.

National Primary Care Medical Home Model Aims to Strengthen Primary Care Through Regionally-Based Multi-Payer Transformation
Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through a regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. CPC+ will include two primary care practice tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices in the United States. 
The care delivery redesign ensures practices in each track have the infrastructure to deliver better care to result in a healthier patient population. The multi-payer payment redesign will give practices greater financial resources and flexibility to make appropriate investments to improve the quality and efficiency of care, and reduce unnecessary health care utilization. CPC+ will provide practices with a robust learning system, as well as actionable patient-level cost and utilization data feedback, to guide their decision making. 

Thank You to All Those Who Participated in the First SIM Collaborative Learning Session 
With approximately 85 SIM practices and 400 people across both initiatives in attendance, the first Collaborative Learning session on May 6 was a tremendous success. More information and feedback from the evaluations will be shared in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who made it possible, and especially for those of you who participated! The practices on the western slope will participate in their first Collaborative Learning Session in June.
New Telehealth Funding Opportunity from the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation is accepting applications for a new funding opportunity that will support primary care delivery by increasing access to comprehensive, coordinated care through telehealth services. The goal of this initiative is to build capacity in primary care or safety net clinics for the implementation of telehealth services.

The Foundation will support grant funds up to $100,000 for costs associated with the purchase of telehealth equipment and/or the employment of workflow or billing consultants. The grants will have a two-year term to allow for adequate time to accomplish important milestones and learn how providers and patients were able to use and bill for telehealth services. Low-interest loans may be available to private practices that meet specific criteria.  

Applications and additional information are available at:
SIM Website Survey
If you have visited the  SIM website recently, you may have noticed several changes to the layout of the site. These changes are intended improve the experience of the user, and are largely based on feedback received from members of the stakeholder community.  The SIM Office is committed to making the website as efficient and useful as possible, and is interested in hearing from you.

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