• HIT investigators at work: CHITAS

    HIT investigators at work: CHITAS

    Helping practices turn data into actionable information is the key role of clinical health information technology advisors (CHITAs), who work closely with SIM practice care teams and are cited a valuable benefit to SIM participation. Hear two CHITAs talk about how they help practices collect and use data to improve care, reduce or avoid costs and prepare practices for success with alternative payment models in the latest episode of the SIM podcast series Innovation Insights. Visit the SIM Soundcloud and YouTube channels for a list of all videos and podcasts published..

  • Integrated care improves patients health

    Integrated care improves patients health

    SIM cohort-1 and cohort-2 practices are working to integrate physical and behavioral health to provide better care for their patients, and the results speak for themselves. Click here to view a graphic highlighting several examples, and check the SIM data hub to see more data from SIM practices. 

  • Signs of success: Colorado TCPi makes progress

    Signs of success: Colorado TCPi makes progress

    There are 200 Colorado practices and 1,929 physicians participating in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi), a governor’s office initiative that is reporting initial success. To date, Colorado TCPi providers have saved the healthcare system approximately $36 million toward the goal to save $85.9 million. This group represents more than 26 types of specialists, including a large group of behavioral health providers. To learn more about this initiative, check out this poster from the CMS Quality Conference, visit the website and listen to this podcast with a TCPi provider. 

  • Reducing mental health stigma

    Let's Talk Colorado, a media campaign funded by SIM, was created to reduce stigma related to mental illness and encourage patients to get the treatment they need. Learn more at www.letstalkco.org, use hashtags #LetsTalkCo / #HablemosCo to join the discussion on Twitter and listen to the SIM podcast to hear more about this exciting work. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text "TALK" to 38255, or go to www.coloradocrisisservices.org to access a live chat available in 17 languages.

  • SIM supports practices along an integrated care continuum

    The primary goal of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is to move participating practices along the continuum of integrated care, which we illustrate in a graphic with data about where our first cohort of SIM practice sites (93 primary care practices and four community mental health centers) are on the spectrum. 

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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