Colorado Medicaid established the Benefits Collaborative in 2008, in an effort to define its covered services. The Benefits Collaborative serves as the Department's formal coverage standard development process. The Benefits Collaborative is a stakeholder driven process for ensuring that benefit coverage standards are based on the best available clinical evidence; outline the appropriate amount, duration,and scope of Medicaid services and set reasonable limits upon those services; and promote the health and functioning of Medicaid clients.
To be successful, the Benefits Collaborative must be inclusive and work with all stakeholders in a collaborative manner. In order to be as transparent and inclusive as possible, there has been a dedicated committment to indentifying all possible stakeholders with an interest in helping Colorado Medicaid shape its coverage standards. Since the Benefits Collaborative aims to produce evidencen-based policies guided by best practices, we seek to invite a diverse group of stakeholders - providers, administrators, clients, advocates, policy makers, etc.
By looking to nationally accepted clinical guidelines, Colorado Medicaid's benefit coverage standards align with national practice guidelines and promote standards of care and appropriate utilization. The Benefits Collaborative had begun to attact local and national attention as an inclusive way to define coverage services. As a result, we have received feedback and input from and developed working relationships with professional associations, corporations, individual providers, advocates, clients, policy makers, administrators, etc.
For information concerning the Benefits Collaborative or to be added to the distribution lists, please contact:
Benefit Collaborative Project Manager
Medicaid Program Division
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing