Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
Health innovation news
April 2017
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Watch Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, DrPH, address SIM stakeholders at the Multi-Stakeholder Symposium in January, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more videos.

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is making strides to help providers integrate behavioral and physical health across the state. The Colorado initiative, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was designed to touch all aspects of healthcare, from primary care sites to local public health agencies and the creation of a new workforce that helps providers tap into community resources. Our goals are ambitious yet the people who propel SIM forward are passionate about the need to deliver whole-person care and help providers prepare for and succeed in alternative payment models that reward the value of healthcare delivered.

And that passion has paid off. The proof is in the 260 applications received for cohort 2, which will start its work in the fall once practices have been accepted. Proof of success is also seen in the rapid cycle report and at the practice level as providers receive thank you notes from patients, who appreciate the opportunity to receive the type of healthcare they need. Click here to read the full article.

SIM data: The story behind the numbers 
Stay connected to SIM by listening to Innovation Insights, our new podcast series.  Click here to listen to the latest episode which delves into the data SIM is collecting and how the Initiative uses this data to measure progress. We have published two podcasts so far and will be adding more on a regular basis. Check out all SIM podcasts and check back often for updates.
Report provides insight into SIM progress
SIM practices are making progress with required clinical quality measure reporting, according to a new report produced by TriWest, SIM state evaluator. 

New resource for SIM practices
The SIM team is pleased to announce that cohort-1 practices will receive licenses to Stratus™, a data aggregation tool that is designed to help providers drive meaningful change. We will disseminate more information about these licenses, which will help practices access SIM payer claims data, in the coming weeks and will have a Stratus demonstration during the May 18 SIM Multi-Stakeholder Symposium.
Meet the RHCs
Regional Health Connectors (RHCs), a new workforce in Colorado that is partially funded by SIM, are connecting healthcare practices with community resources that address patient needs to improve overall health. RHCs are frequently introduced to SIM practices by practice facilitators though practice professionals can reach out directly using a contact list that lists RHCs by region. 

Get more information about the RHC's role in practice transformation or email program staff with questions. 

Join us April 24 at 5:30 pm at Next Door in Glendale to meet the RHCs and learn how they are improving health in Colorado by connecting different systems of care. RSVP:
Identifying patients with depression using predictive models
Learn about a predictive model that was developed, using the All Payer Claims Database, to help practices identify patients with potentially undiagnosed depression.  The report , which was developed by Milliman, Inc. for SIM, shows practices how they can identify patients with a high likelihood of depression.
SIM is hiring - Apply today 
We are looking for motivated and experienced individuals to join our team. Click here to view all open job postings and apply before the deadline to be considered for one of two positions.
Get the help you need to succeed in the QPP 
Colorado medical providers in practices with 15 or fewer clinicians can access technical assistance from TMF Health Quality Institute, Austin, Texas, to help them prepare for the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Listen to a series of free webinars to help your practice team stay ahead in an evolving healthcare landscape. These webinars cover a wide variety of topics, such as:
  • Working within the value-based payment world.
  • Introduction to MGMA DataDive™ tool

  • Quality and research use reports.
  • Introduction to lean for practices.
  • Coding for success.

Join Colorado's health innovation ecosystem in the development of a statewide strategy for employing innovation to improve population health, patient experience and lower healthcare costs.

McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver, Colorado
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., with Reception to follow.

CCMU - New name, same misison
The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU) has changed its name to the Center for Health Progress.  Click here to view the new website and read more about this name change.
Suggested articles and media:

Responding to the continued public health crisis of opioid addiction, Behavioral Health Group, LLC announced the opening of an addiction treatment center in Centennial, CO.

This Milbank-sponsored report explores the prevalence of childhood behavioral health problems. It describes the need for, barriers to, and models of behavioral health integration (BHI) in pediatrics, and offers BHI policy and implementation considerations for policymakers, planners, and providers.

Higher Death Rate Among Youth with First Episode Psychosis
A new study shows that young people experiencing first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought, and highlights need for increased early intervention programs. 
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