• May is mental health month

    May is mental health month

    The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) office appreciates the fact that May has been dedicated to Mental Health Month, though the work SIM-funded practices are doing to deliver whole-person care by integrating behavioral and physical health happens year-round. Hear more about what the state is doing to reduce suicides, how the Man Therapy campaign is engaging more men in the important conversation about mental health and how one practice accepted into SIM cohort-1 is integrating behavioral health into its primary care site. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MentalHealthMonth and help spread awareness about this important, yet often overlooked component of our health. 

  • Business curriculum helps providers negotiate

    Business curriculum helps providers negotiate

    The SIM office has been working with RT Welter and Associates to create a curriculum and webinars designed to help practices with skills to negotiate mutually-beneficial contracts with commercial payers. At this time, RT Welter and Associates has created two of six curricula and webinars, which provide an introduction to payer relationships and contracting, as well as an overview of the most common reimbursement models utilized by health plans. Learn more about future RT Welter resources, and check out the available training online.

  • SIM-funded work influences patient care

    SIM-funded work influences patient care

    SIM cohort-1 practices reported several changes that were made to processes during their SIM-funded work as a direct result of patient input—from strategies to improve continuity of care and relationship between patients and providers/care teams to changes to front-office staffing and waiting areas. Patient feedback was collected through different venues including patient-family advisory councils. Get a list of changes practices made based on patient input and listen to a podcast with a SIM-funded practice and one of its patients, who talks about how process changes influenced her care on the new SIM patient engagement web page.
  • Ensuring families get care they need

    Expanding access to integrated care is a primary goal for SIM, which is why it is exciting to share news that SIM-funded behavioral health transformation collaboratives (BHTCs) in the Health District of Northern Larimer County Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections Team, and Aurora Mental Health Center, have connected more than 3,000 community members with behavioral health resources. Both BHTCs work with local school districts to address the need for behavioral health services in students and their families in these regions as illustrated in this new graphic. Learn more about how these BHTCs are improving the lives of Colorado families and check out the data hub to see how SIM providers are improving patient care and reducing or avoiding unneccesary cost.

  • SIM Funds eCQM Solution for Practices

    SIM funds eCQM solution for practices

    The application for phase 2 of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) team’s electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) solution is open. SIM practices are encouraged to apply (www.surveymonkey.com/r/5CYV5CW) to use this solution, which helps SIM practices extract eCQMs once and report them to several, approved entities. The first application was published in May and there was significant interest from SIM practice teams. The first phase includes 11 practices and 90 providers, and the second phase will include 190 practices. Apply today: www.surveymonkey.com/r/5CYV5CW.

    Learn more about this eCQM solution in a  SIM podcast: http://bit.ly/ecqmsolution, and read the press release about the technology that fuels the solution. Get more detail on block-chain in this blog: http://www.corhio.org/blogs/expertise/2018/8/27/what-is-blockchain.

  • Why whole-person health matters

    Research has shown that providing integrated, or 'whole-person' healthcare is beneficial both to the patient as well as the provider. The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is helping hundreds of primary care practices throughout the state integrate behavioral and physical healthcare and the early results speak for themselves. Listen to one patient explain how this type of care has affected her life in this episode of Innovation Insights, the SIM podcast series.


    1 - Narrow WE, Reiger DA, Rae DS, Manderscheid RW, Locke BZ, Goodwin FK. Use of services by persons with mental and addictive disorders: Findings from the National Institute of Mental Health Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program. Archives of General Psychiatry. 1993;50:95-107.

    2 - Fisher L, Ransom DC. Developing a strategy for managing behavioral health care within the context of primary care. Archives of Internal Medicine. 1997;6:324-333.

    3 - Kessler RC, Demler O, Frank RG, et al. Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Disorders, 1990 to 2003. N Engl J Med. June 16, 2005 2005;352(24):2515-2523.

Recent News

Innovation Insights: New way to engage with SIM

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 podasts on SoundCloud and check back often for updates.

Learning from SIM cohort 1

More than 80 stakeholders gathered Jan. 18 for the inaugural SIM Symposium to share ideas, identify challenges and open dialogue between insurance companies, SIM providers and practice transformation organizations that act as guides in the process. 

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Secrets of success

In the third installment of our practice transformation series, Rachel Griffin, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, shares perspectives on how integrated care benefits patients and providers, and the unique skills needed for success.

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See the other two articles in the series: Part 1  I  Part 2

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