• 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.

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    Expanding patient access to integrated behavioral and physical health care

    The Colorado State Innovation Model is helping thousands of primary care providers expand patient access to integrated care across the state. Click here to find a provider, who offers this type of care and listen to a podcast with a practice team and one of its patients about how integrated care influences patient experience as well as outcomes.

  • Stay updated on SIM work

    Sign up for the SIM mailing list to get the latest news on all things SIM. Receive a monthly newsletter with updates and articles about integrated behavioral and physical health care and the work that practices across the state are doing to improve patient health. Read previous newsletters and check out the news page for coverage of this health care reform initiative.

  • 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.


    Sources:

    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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