Past Activities and Resouces

The Colorado State Innovation Model came to an end July 31, it was an ambitious approach to health reform across Colorado has shown successes across the four pillars of practice transformation, payment reform, health information technology and population health. There are many successes cataloged both here and on the Colorado SIM office website that we hope you will help disseminate

Collaborative Learning Sessions

Click here for slides and handouts from these event

Behavioral Health Integration Training for PFs & CHITAs

Click here for resources provided

Final Communication from the Colorado SIM Office

The SIM Office has complied successes across the pillars in articles, podcasts, videos as well as fliers (and the list continues) in the hopes that you will help share this information, print out and take the fliers to meetings and cite successes in your communications about the ways in which integrated physical and behavioral health improves patient outcomes and reduces or avoids unnecessary health care costs. It also improves care team morale and enhances patient experience of care, as outlined in these different communication channels.

There are  patient stories, practice accounts of what SIM investments have helped care teams do, and we hope these communication vehicles will be used in your future work. Please explore the Colorado SIM office website which will be maintained as an archive (no updates or corrections will be made) by our colleagues at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

The SIM office would like to communicate the following information:

  • The sustainability report part 1 was submitted in October 2018, part 2 was submitted in January 2019 and approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in April of 2019. These reports are published on the SIM data hub. CMMI does not plan to publish them.
  • SIM surpassed its goal of expanding broadband to 300 practice sites by 27% thanks to a successful partnership with the Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN). CTN helped disburse $21,057,379 in federal funds to 381 practices, many of which focused on underserved populations, and are now better equipped to provide integrated care, including through e-consults and telehealth services. A map (referenced above and published on the Data Hub) showcases this work.
  • Final reports approved by CMMI in the fall will be published on the data hub on SIM’s website.
    • Note the SIM website will be available as an archive.
  • The SIM final report, which was submitted to CMMI July 31, will be published on the Data Hub.
  • Updated evaluation reports, once approved by CMMI, will be published on the Data Hub.
  • A SIM provider resource page is available for all practice teams to use and share.
  • Management for the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) solution, which was funded by SIM to help practices report eCQMs once to multiple, approved entities, will transition to the Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) once SIM ends July 31. The solution has helped SIM practices finetune their processes for reporting and ensure that the data collected for reports reflects clinical interventions. Practices using the solution are encouraged to reach out to Health Data Colorado partners with operational questions. Learn more.
  • Read coverage of SIM on the News page.
  • SIM fliers that outline the value of integrated care and SIM successes—that are available for your use are on the Data Hub.
    • SIM reach and scope
    • Integrated care improves patient health
    • Call-to-Action flier with 3 customized versions
    • Online education training modules
    • SIM provider resources
    • SIM resources general (podcasts, videos, articles, online education, etc.)

The SIM Goal

Improve the health of Coloradans by increasing access to integrated physical and behavioral health care services in coordinated systems, with value-based payment structures, for 80% of Colorado residents by 2019.

Questions, Concerns?

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a four-year initiative, is funded by up to $65 million from CMS. The content provided is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.