Tracking SIM practice transformation efforts - Nov. 18, 2016
SIM: Laying the groundwork for whole-patient care

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) team wishes you and your care team a very happy holiday season. We are thankful for your efforts to integrate behavioral health and primary care and appreciate all of the time and energy this takes. As we prepare for 2017, we are proud of the small but powerful community that SIM has built and look forward to sharing your successes - small and large - through our social media channels, website and the industry publications to which we contribute.

In this, our second newsletter to SIM practices, we are debuting our practice transformation series that focuses on practice facilitators and the work they do to help SIM practices assess and improve processes to integrate care. We will be publishing additional articles on the SIM website so please check it often for updates.

The SIM team is compiling data from the first cohort and releasing actionable information to improve care delivery. Read the first article about depression screening and stay tuned for additional information. We hope you will tell us how you're using SIM data to change processes in your practice. Email us with details.
Practice transformation: A personal journey

One of the first things that BJ Dempsey, practice facilitator,  HealthTeamWorks, does before she talks with healthcare tea ms  about integrating behavioral health and primary care is to learn whether they have lost patients to suicide.

"I've found that it turns the tide," says Dempsey, who has five years of experience as a practice coach. "If the practice has lost someone to suicide it's very upsetting to the staff and they're motivated to do something, even if it's not perfect."

That something is to start integrating behavioral health and primary care to ensure that patients get the help they need when they need it. HealthTeamWorks is one of 25 practice transformation organizations for the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a federal initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
SIM expands community resources

The Colorado Regional Health Connector (RHC) program announced three new RHC host organizations that will join 18 others across the state in their work to connect primary care organizations with community resources. The 21 host organizations will hire RHCs to serve regions across the state. This is an integral part of the SIM initiative and we are pleased to report progress with this new workforce. View the RHC map.
Payment for SIM participation

SIM practices can invoice once they have completed SIM-related activities as outlined in the Practice Participation Agreement (PPA), which was delivered upon enrollment. An example of the activity and payment table from the PPA will be uploaded to the SIM resource hub and we hope you will take advantage of the following resources to help your practices invoice appropriately:
Submit invoices to  Natalie Buys,  who can field questions about or issues with invoices to ensure that the invoicing process can be completed.
Help define Colorado's HIT infrastructure

Complete a survey to help the state identify ways health  info rmation technology (HIT) should support practice transformation effort s. A series of workshops were held around the state to gather information from clinicians and industry members about their HIT wants and needs. The workshops helped the Office of eHealth Innovation's Colorado Health IT Roadmap project team develop a list of focus areas for the next three to five years. That team is now asking for your help to prioritize those objectives. Weigh in on this statewide initiative to develop a valuable HIT plan by Nov. 21: .
Prepare for value-based contracting

Participate in a free webinar Nov. 30 (12-1 p.m.) to get tips from payer contracting expert Doral Davis-Jackson, MBA, FACMPE, chief executive officer, Prosper Beyond Inc., Asheville, NC. 
  • Type your first and last name as well as your organization in the "Name" field, Select "Enter Room." 
SIM small grants webinar

All SIM small grant recipients have been contacted about next steps for using their approved funds. We will host a webinar Nov. 30 (from 12-1 p.m.) for practices that received SIM small grants through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation funding stream. Register today and participate in the following ways:
  • U.S. and Canada: 866.740.1260
  • U.S. toll number: 303.248.0285
  • Access code: 6201667
Contact Meg Quiat with questions. 

Practices that received funding for small grants through the Colorado Health Foundation funding stream participated in a webinar earlier this fall, which is recorded and available here
Broadband subsidy available

The Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) is working with the  SIM office to secure federal broadband subsidies for qualifying SIM cohort sites. Eligible sites include nonprofit healthcare providers, rural health clinics, local  health departments, community health centers, and health centers that provide care to migrant workers. 

CTN has brought $23 million in federal funding commitments to Colorado through the federal Healthcare Connect Fund. Eligible services and equipment include advanced telecommunications or information services that enable healthcare providers to post data and interact with stored data. If you are interested in learning more about subsidies for broadband services, contact Eskedar Makonnen or call 720-330-6081.

Addiction: One of America's most pressing issues 

The SIM team was pleased to hear the Surgeon General call alcohol, drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addict ion, one of America's most pressing public health concerns in a new, landmark report titled Facing Addiction in America . Nearly 21 m ion Americans - more than the number of people who have all cancers combined - suffer from substance use disorders, according to the report .
Tips on using data to improve your practice  

Get the basics on MGMA DataDive,™ an online benchmarking tool, that will help you e
valuate cost and revenue data as well as management and staff compensation during a free webinar Dec. 7 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) There is no need to RSVP. To join the webinar:
  • Type your first and last name as well as your organization in the "Name" field the select "Enter Room"
  • Listen using your computer speakers; a call-in number will be posted in case of audio issues.