While the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) ends in July, the work to integrate physical and behavioral health in primary care practice sites across the state continues. Find resources to support your integration journey on this new web page that will remain available after SIM ends. Please share these resources with your colleagues as they are available to all providers, regardless of SIM participation, and will be available even after SIM ends July 31.
We encourage all stakeholders to visit the SIM data hub and download all the SIM final reports as soon as possible before this website is closed down, as early as July 2020.
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 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
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.