March 2017 |
SIM releases second appication to recruit new practices
March 31st is the deadline to apply for the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a federal initiative that helps primary care practices integrate behavioral and physical health in primary care settings and test alternative payment models. There are 92 SIM primary care practice sites and four bidirectional behavioral health homes, and the goal is to add at least 150 practices to this group of healthcare innovators.
The initiative is designed to help healthcare providers progress along an integrated care path continuum that might start with referrals to behavioral health or primary care providers and could lead to co-location of professionals. Integrated care has been shown to improve outcomes, reduce costs and enhance provider morale. About 900 SIM providers are delivering this type of care.
"A focus on both behavioral and physical health are important to the health of patients and the ability of providers to succeed in a changing healthcare landscape," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "The SIM initiative is helping patients lead more productive lives, and guiding practices through new models."
"In many ways this is pioneering work," says Donna Lynne, Lt. Governor. "We have the willpower and willingness to be innovative in Colorado, and we appreciate the fact that SIM providers are leaders in this space."
Colorado is one of 11 states selected for SIM model test awards funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and it was the only state to focus on integrated care with public and private payers as its primary goal. The state will receive $65 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to implement and test its model for healthcare innovation, and SIM is expected to save or avoid $126.6 million in healthcare costs during its four-year time frame.
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Physicians, mark your calendars for this upcoming Opioid Prescribing Seminar 

Rules Adopted for Proposition 106, the End of Life Options Act

The Board of Health adopted emergency rules on Jan. 18, recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), to outline compliance with Proposition 106, the End-of-Life Options Act. A final rule-making hearing will take place April 19.
One concern the Colorado Medical Society raised, around certifying the cause of death on death certificates, was discussed but ultimately decided to be beyond the scope of emergency rule-making. The manager stated that this issue and others will be addressed formally through further stakeholder engagement before the permanent rules are adopted.
The act requires the prescribing physician and the health care professional dispensing aid-in-dying medication to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) with certain documentation. Individual information collected will be held confidential, but aggregate data will be compiled into an annual statistical report.
Following are the required forms:
Completed forms can be sent to through secure email, accessed  here
Click here to read the emergency rules.
Colorado Primary Care Collaborative to host payment and delivery reform event
Mark your calendars: The Colorado Primary Care Collaborative will host a convening event on June 8, 2017. The theme is "Primary Care Payment and Delivery Reform: What's on the Horizon," and it will be held at the Embassy Suites Denver - Tech Center, 10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial, CO 80112 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Topics include the state and national payment reform and the central role of primary care, payment models for primary care, and payment reform from the perspective of employers and insurers. Go to to view the full agenda and register.

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CMS Physician Leadership Skills Series 
The series will feature eight innovative programs over the year aimed at deepening your awareness, developing crucial skills and equipping you with the tools and experience you need to lead tomorrow's health care in Colorado.
April 22, 2017 
8:00 am-12:00 pm
Multi-generational workplace

Medical Spanish Class
Friday, April 21 -
Monday, April 24th 
4 day class offers CME
Classes held at  DMS
RSVP required

Opioid Prescribing Seminar:  
Practical Tools for Safe and Effective Prescribing for Chronic Pain 

May 4, 2017
Community College of Aurora

Practice Management Breakfast Series on QPP:  In Depth Review of Quality Payment Program Categories

June 7, 2017
7AM -9AM
The Curtis Ballroom at Landmark
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