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New Funding Partnership Supports Collaboration, Integration Across Behavioral Health Spectrum
The Denver Foundation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), with funding from SIM, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership designed to improve the accessibility and impact of behavioral health services across Colorado. Today, the organizations opened a three-year cycle of funding for collaborative programs that address the spectrum of behavioral health issues statewide. Funds will support existing collaborations between three or more organizations that work together to address behavioral health issues at the local level. In particular, CDPHE will leverage SIM funds to support behavioral health prevention and screening while the Denver Foundation will fund projects related to increasing access to behavioral health treatment.Applicants may apply to either funding source or both.
Click here to view the full press release about the opportunity.
The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council led a competitive process to select four bidirectional health home sites to pilot models of bidirectional integrated care and practice based research. Bidirectional integration refers to the integration of primary care and prevention services into a community behavioral health setting. This was a highly competitive application process that clearly demonstrated the strength, innovation, and dedication of Colorado’s behavioral health network.
Under the strategic leadership of CBHC and the Colorado SIM Office, these sites will create alignment within the broader Colorado SIM initiative and gather health outcome, quality, cost, and payment data to inform the design of value-based payment systems for high quality integrated care.
The sites will participate in a learning collaborative with the other awardees and a robust network of stakeholders to share learnings, outcomes, and best practices throughout the pilot program. The lessons learned from these sites will be shared and leveraged to create lasting, transformational change.
RFP for Practice Transformation Organizations - Cohort 1
The University of Colorado led a competitive process to select Practice Transformation Organizations (PTOs), who are matched with participating primary care practices for the first cohort. PTOs provide a Practice Facilitator and/or a Clinical Health Information Technology Advisor, as well as additional technical assistance, to each practice with which they are matched.
SIM Practice RFA: Cohort 1, 2 and 3
The University of Colorado has released a Request for Application (RFA) and is soliciting applications from primary care practices to be considered for inclusion in the first cohort of SIM practices. The practices that are selected to participate will receive technical assistance and financial support to integrate physical and behavioral health and test value-based payment models.
Please refer to the links below for additional information:
SIM HIT RFI
The SIM Health Information Technology Request for Information (RFI) will inform a Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to be provided. The SIM Office in coordination with the designated health IT oversight entity will be the oversight and administration for the contracted services and contractors.
The SIM Office anticipates publishing a RFP for the project described at a high-level in the RFI. The purpose of the RFI is to solicit interest in this work and gather any recommendations bidders may have regarding the approach to completing this work. Any organization is elligible to submit a response to this RFI.
The goals of the SIM health information technology proposed RFP are as follows:
Please note that a response to the RFI is not required to respond to the RFP.
SIM LPHA Funding Opportunity
Local public health agencies in Colorado that have prioritized mental health, substance abuse and/or obesity in the community needs assessment or the community health improvement plan are eligible to apply for a new funding opportunity. Those LPHAs who have not are strongly encouraged to partner as a regional applicant with an LPHA that identified one or all of these as a priority. CDPHE's Prevention Services Division is soliciting responses for the State Innovation Model Local Public Health Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention of Behavioral Health Disorders Funding Opportunity (SIM LPHA).
The SIM LPHA funding opportunity seeks to improve the behavioral health status of Colorado's population in part by increasing outreach, engagement and community development about behavioral health disorders and/or the associated stigma of behavioral health issues and help-seeking attitudes and behavior; and through maximizing access to behavioral health preventive services through assessment, partnerships, systems building and community-clinical linkages. This funding opportunity is a collaboration between the Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch and the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch within the Prevention Services Division at CDPHE.
The two focus areas for funding of the SIM LPHA that applicants must address are:
Behavioral health promotion, outreach and education, and/or stigma reduction focused on evidence-based or research informed behavioral health, wellness and prevention strategies:
Coordination of systems that improve integration of behavioral health services and primary care, including an assessment of community-based resources and gaps in year one of the grant, accompanied by targeted and sustainable health systems interventions that improve screening, referral and follow up rates of US Preventive Services Task Force A and B Recommendations in years two and three of the grant.
For more information please visit https://www.colorado.gov/CDPHE/SIMLPHA
SIM Evaluation RFP
The SIM Office released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit competitive, responsive proposals from experienced and financially sound organizations to perform an evaluation of Colorado SIM. The evaluation contractor will develop and execute a self-monitoring and evaluation plan to assess Colorado SIM’s progress toward reaching its overarching goal of improving the health of Coloradans by providing access to integrated physical and behavioral health care services in coordinated systems, with value-based payment structures, for 80 percent of Colorado residents by 2019. In conjunction with the federal CMMI evaluator, the SIM Office and stakeholders, the evaluation contractor will identify process and outcomes measures, establish baseline data and develop a methodology and data analysis plan that includes formative, impact and rapid-cycle improvement components.
Practice Transformation Organization RFP
The University of Colorado is issuing this request for proposal (RFP) seeking competitive, responsive applications from qualified practice transformation organizations (PTOs) to provide practice facilitation and/or clinical health information technology advisor (CHITA) services for large scale practice transformation programs. Statewide practice transformation efforts include, but are not limited to, the State Innovation Model (SIM) program and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). The University will select PTOs who will work together to provide practice transformation support to primary care and potentially to specialty practices to improve health and healthcare in Colorado.
The RFP consists of the following documents:
DUE DATE: 3/31/2016, 5:00 PM
Complete applications should be returned in a pdf format and sent to Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions should also be directed to Natalie Buys.
SIM Practice Transformation Fund Small Grants RFA - Cohort 1 Practices
The SIM Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Applications (RFA) for small grants made through the SIM Practice Transformation fund. Practices participating in the first SIM Practice Transformation Cohort are eligible to apply for up to $40,000 in support over the course of participation in SIM. Funds are intended to support the practice in achieving SIM practice transformation milestones and implementing their practice improvement plan.
Please click here for more information, and to submit an application.
Regional Health Connector Organization RFP
The Colorado Regional Health Connectors program is soliciting proposals from local organizations throughout the state to host a Regional Health Connector (RHC).The final request for proposals (RFP) containing program activities, contractual requirements and proposal instructions was released June 1, 2016, and proposals were due July 1, 2016.
Click here to view more information on the RHC Host Organization Request for Proposals
Share input on SIM telehealth/eConsult work
The SIM team, in partnership with Health First Colorado (Medicaid), released a survey to gather information from providers, payers, and the broader healthcare community about the use of telehealth and e-consults to improve patient access to care and to identify barriers to the use of this technology. This information will be used to bolster sustainability of SIM's telehealth efforts. The survey will be open until Jan. 17, 2018. Contact Laurel Broten (email@example.com) with questions.
eCQM extraction data governance committee
In March SIM will launch a service to help primary care practices extract electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) from electronic health records (EHRs). The SIM investment creates a technical and operational infrastructure so that eCQMs can be extracted from EHRs once and reported to different approved entities, a task that is frequently cited as a barrier to success with alternative payment models (APMs). The investment builds on existing state efforts and will help reduce administrative burden. To ensure success, the SIM team is creating a data governance committee to develop a foundational governance structure for eCQM data use.
Small grants competitive funding opportunity for cohort-3 practices
SIM practices have the opportunity to apply for up to $40,000 in small grants to meet SIM milestones and achieve goals outlined in their practice improvement plans. The funding from these grants is made possible from a $3 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, distributed amongst each of the three SIM cohorts. Cohort-1 practices have already been using their awarded funds in innovative ways, and cohort-2 practices are underway using funds to further their integration goals. View the SIM small grants page to learn more and apply before August 17, and contact us with any questions.
Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPi)
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate practice transformation. On September 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $11 million to Colorado's Practice Transformation Network (PTN) to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians with tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend dollars more wisely. This funding opportunity is the latest in a robust list of provider and practice support initiatives in Colorado.
Please click here to learn more about TCPi
For questions related to any of the anticipated RFPs, please contact the SIM Office.