A new report, released by the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), includes a 10-year strategy with activities, deadlines and partners for improving mental health for Coloradans. While it focuses on boys and men, the report includes general recommendations to promote behavioral health and prevent mental health and substance use conditions in all populations. Read the report here.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.