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The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) is committed to creating a high-performing, cost-effective Medicaid system that delivers quality services and improves the health of Coloradans. The next iteration of the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) seeks to leverage the proven successes of Colorado Medicaid’s programs to enhance the Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) member and provider experience.
Goals of Phase II
Objectives of Phase II
In November 2017, the Department announced the awards for the seven Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) contracts. The Department is pleased to announce the below entities have been awarded contracts. We have also made available the proposals and contact information for each of the awarded entities.
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Email: email@example.comPhone: 1-888-282-8801 (beginning July 1, 2018)
Northeast Health Partners
9925 Federal Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Colorado Community Health Alliance
Phone: (303) 256-1717 (Local) (855) 627-4685 (Toll-Free)Contact Us
The Department continues to prepare for the implementation of the next phase of the ACC and will be immediately focusing on contract negotiations with the new Regional Accountable Entities vendors, finalizing the 1915(b) waiver with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), managing system updates, and performing a variety of implementation activities.
Below is a high-level timeline of the Department's activities.
Interested parties can submit their questions to the Department using this form. The Department will not be able to respond directly to all inquiries but will use the questions submitted to tailor upcoming communications and resources.
ACC Phase II: Key Concepts (March 2018)The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of key concepts of ACC Phase II, including what portions of the ACC are remaining the same and highlighting what is changing.Recorded Webinar Webinar SlidesFact Sheet
ACC Phase II: Implementation Process Overview (January 2018)
The Department hosted a webinar for providers, stakeholders and other interested parties that delivered a high-level overview of the implementation process for ACC Phase II. Recorded WebinarWebinar Slides
ACC Phase II: Provider Contracting (What Providers Need to Know) (February 2018)
The Department hosted a webinar for providers that provided information about contracting with the Regional Accountable Entities.Recorded WebinarWebinar SlidesBehavioral Health Provider Contracting Guidance Fact SheetPrimary Care Medical Provider Contracting Guidance Fact Sheet
ACC Phase II: Attribution (February 2018)The Department hosted a webinar for providers, stakeholder and other interested parties about the attribution process for Phase II.Recorded WebinarWebinar Slides
Fact Sheet (Coming Soon)Frequently Asked Questions
ACC Phase II: Short Term Behavioral Health Services in the Primary Care Setting (March 2018)
The purpose of this webinar is to describe the Department’s policy promoting the provision of short-term behavioral health services within primary care settings for brief episodic conditions.Recorded WebinarWebinar Slides
ACC Phase II Performance MeasurementThe purpose of this webinar is to describe performance measurement under ACC Phase II, including key performance indicators and behavioral health incentive program.
Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Registration: https://cohcpf.adobeconnect.com/eqddww7shy1g/event/event_info.html
Participation is capped at 200. The webinar will be recorded and posted online.
Participants will be provided with a Q&A opportunity through the webinar chat function.
ACC Phase II Operational GuidanceThe purpose of this webinar is to provide operational guidance on ACC Phase II.
Date: May 1, 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Participation is capped at 200. The webinar will be recorded and posted online. Participants will be provided with a Q&A opportunity through the webinar chat function.
Section 1915(b) Waiver Proposal Narrative
The Department shares regular updates via email on the ACC Phase II. Sign up for our updates.
The Department would like to thank the more than 255 providers, advocates, potential vendors and other stakeholders who provided comments on the draft Accountable Care Collaborative Phase II draft request for proposals (RFP) and corresponding appendices. The Department sought targeted comments on the draft RFP from stakeholders to help refine the content for the formal release of the RFP in the spring 2017.
Since April 2014, the Department has been in ongoing conversations with stakeholders across the state regarding the next iteration of the Accountable Care Collaborative. The Department sought targeted comments between November 4, 2016 and January 13, 2017 on the draft RFP from stakeholders to help refine the content for the formal release of the RFP in the spring 2017. The snapshot below shows the Department’s outreach efforts on the draft RFP.
The Department has worked diligently to distill, and where possible, incorporate comments received on the draft RFP.
Respondents expressed in their comments overall support for increasing integration of the behavioral and physical health systems, increased focus on member responsiveness, and increased steps to build the health neighborhood.
The Department was able to make some updates to the RFP and encourages stakeholders to review the final scope of work in the RFP for additional details. Some reoccurring comments, however, were unable to be incorporated in to the RFP by the Department including:
Key Concepts and Fact Sheets
Accountable Care Collaborative Phase II Key Concepts
Fact Sheets & Policy Decisions
Stakeholder Engagement Webinar Slides
Recorded Stakeholder Engagement Webinar
RFIs are used to solicit advice and expertise from the public in advance of the creation of an RFP or a contract. Anyone is welcome to respond to an RFI, though oftentimes certain sections of an RFI are tailored to specific groups or entities – like providers, clients, or potential vendors. Alongside Colorado Health Institute (CHI), the Department has attended numerous public meetings across the state to hear stakeholders' concerns and aspirations. These conversations have helped to inform the RFI process.
The RCCO RFI was a "question-only" request for information. This means the RFI contained a series of targeted questions, rather than extensive draft contract language. This process has two advantages. First, it allows respondents greater latitude to focus on the areas they think are most important. Second, the information and perspectives shared by respondents are able to frame the conversation before specific contract requirements are formulated.
The RFI was released in late October 2014 and formal responses were due on November 24, 2014.
The RFI questions are available on Colorado BIDS and below.
The ACC Phase II Team will share regular updates with interested parties via the ACC Phase II Updates email distribution list. To be added to this mailing list, please sign up here.