• 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: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/state-innovation-model-funds-first-112300651.html. Get more detail on block-chain in this blog: http://www.corhio.org/blogs/expertise/2018/8/27/what-is-blockchain.

  • September is suicide prevention awareness month

    The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is increasing access to integrated behavioral and physical health or whole-person care. In addition to helping primary care practice sites and community mental health centers integrate care, SIM—a federally funded, Governor’s office initiative—is investing in local public health agencies to increase patient access and reduce mental health stigma, which prevents one in five Americans with mental health conditions from seeking help.  

    Join the discussion and learn more about the SIM-funded media campaign “Let's Talk Colorado,” read a new call-to-action report and listen to a SIM podcast with the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention to hear what’s being done to help people receive the care they need when and where they need it, and to raise awareness about this critical issue.

  • SIM newsroom

    SIM providers in the media

    SIM providers are getting the media coverage they deserve for integrating behavioral and physical health care to improve patient outcomes and reduce or avoid unnecessary costs. These practices have been dubbed "health care innovators" by Governor Hickenlooper and are paving the way for future success with alternative payment models. Read these stories and other SIM media coverage in the SIM newsroom

  • SIM scope and reach handout

    SIM health care innovators

    SIM, a governor's office, federally funded initiative, is helping about 25% of the state's primary care practices and four community mental health centers integrate physical and behavioral health care. The SIM initiative is broad in scope and touches many aspects of the health care system in Colorado. Click here to view a handout that illustrates the scope and reach of SIM, and check out the SIM data hub to see how whole-person care is influencing patient health. 

  • 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.


    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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