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When it comes to improving relationships a key component is understanding all perspectives and a shared interest in common goals. The SIM Multi-Stakeholder Symposium last month in Grand Junction included a partnership-building exercise that resonated with representatives from health plans, SIM providers and practice transformation organizations. Read more in the latest SIM blog “What’s your piece of the payer-provider puzzle” and save-the-date for the next MSS Sept. 27 in Denver.
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I recently described the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) as a hybrid approach to healthcare reform that blends practice management and public health because it includes clinical redesign, the business aspects of healthcare and it stretches beyond the traditional walls of clinics to include communities of care.
There are signs that the initiative, which runs through July 2019, and takes a multi-faceted approach to healthcare reform has been successful. Data shows improvement in some patient outcomes yet it’s the stories from patients, who say they feel cared for and safe in SIM practices that represents true success.
‘Building capacity’ is a common phrase among practice representatives who participate in the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) to assess processes, revise care teams and refine how data is collected, reported and used to enhance patient care and to negotiate value-based contracts. It’s easy to assume that most of this work is invisible to patients yet during a recent SIM podcast one care team learned otherwise from a patient, whose story prompted an emotional response.
“Hearing that has made all of our hard work worth it just in that one story,” said Kris Hubbell, BS, RN, CHC, clinical quality coordinator, Roaring Fork Family Practice in Carbondale.
Reuniting the head and body in healthcare or integrating behavioral and physical health is one of the primary goals for practices in the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM). By assessing physical and behavioral health (mental health, substance use and healthy behaviors), providers are poised to improve patient outcomes and avoid unnecessary healthcare costs. And that positions them for success with alternative payment models (APMs).
SIM, a governor’s office initiative that is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is supporting 1,847 providers in cohorts 1 and 2, who deliver whole-person care during approximately 3,342,018 annual patient visits. Is your provider one of them? Check our lists.
“It is energizing to give the kind of care you envision instead of being frustrated every day,” said Gary Knaus, MD, Roaring Fork Family Practice, a SIM cohort-1 practice.
This approach, called “whole-person care,” rights a significant wrong in healthcare, said Ben Miller, PsyD, chief policy officer for Well-Being Trust, who explains why he believes integration is the future of healthcare delivery during a SIM podcast.