• “Movember”: A movement to address men’s health

    Men have a high incidence rate of mental and physical illness and are dying before their time because they’re not getting the help they need. The Movember Foundation and Man Therapy are addressing men’s health issues, and trying to reduce mental health stigma, which prevents some from seeking needed help. Learn more about these efforts and the SIM call-to-action report to improve the mental health of boys and men in Colorado.

  • SIM announces new supports for veterans

    The Colorado State Innovation Model team would like to extend its gratitude to the men and women who serve, or have served,  in the United States armed forces. We are excited to announce new supports for veterans in Colorado, more details to come!

  • SIM e-consult RFP

    SIM releases e-Consult RFP

    SIM is soliciting proposals from health care entities to plan for or expand the use of electronic consultations (e-Consults) to increase patient access to care across Colorado. E-Consults are a cost-effective complement to help primary and specialty care teams provide the right care in the right setting, which positions them for success with value-based payment models that reward the delivery of value- over volume-based health care. Funding will be awarded to three health systems to evaluate workflow, engage providers, support technology and create an implementation plan to advance e-Consults in Colorado. Read the request for proposals, listen to a quick webinar and submit a proposal by Nov. 19.

  • 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.

  • Be part of the solution: Improve mental health

    Be part of the solution: Improve mental health

    The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) has issued a statewide call to action to improve mental health. Read, share the report and take an active role in improving mental health in Colorado.

  • 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.


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    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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