July 26, 2012
"Hotspotting" Health Revolution Comes to Aurora — The Colorado community devastated by a mass killing will now become one of only four sites selected for the most promising revolution in health care: hotspotting.
July 23, 2012
Innovative Colorado Pilot Re-envisions Role of Behavioral Health in Primary Care — Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Collaborative Family Health Care Association partner to tear down silos between behavioral health and primary care in Western Colorado.
August 11, 2011
11 New Sites Create ACT Portfolio — On July, 2011, a Steering Committee selected 11 Colorado practice sites that comprise the ACT portfolio. These Colorado innovators are people who work tirelessly in primary care practices and community mental health centers in different types of communities serving diverse populations under varied business models. These awardees offered their best ideas about how to redesign their systems of care, and proposed practical solutions to better integrate the care of their patients and clients.
June 16, 2011
Perspectives on Evaluating Innovations to Support Rapid-Cycle Change — This Commonwealth Fund issue brief focuses on three critical requirements the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center must address to meet its objectives: Focusing on change that matters; documenting innovation to support effective learning and spread; and generating the evidence needed to support broad-based policy change.
June 13, 2011
Providence Center Clinic Integrates Treatment of Mental and Physical Disorders — The clinic opened in mid-April in the Providence Center's main building on North Main Street, and recently held its grand opening celebration. By opening a medical clinic within its main building, the Providence Center is seeking to embody a concept many are calling “no wrong door.” If you walk in the door seeking psychiatric help, you can still get treatment for your diabetes. If you come in with a backache, you'll also find a therapist who can help with your depression or anxiety.
March 21, 2011
National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Report to Congress The Affordable Care Act seeks to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. To that end, the law requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (the National Quality Strategy) that sets priorities to guide this effort and includes a strategic plan for how to achieve it. This report describes the initial Strategy and plan for implementation.
March 21, 2011
Psychologists Seek Authority to Prescribe Psychotropic Medications — In any given year, more than a quarter of U.S. adults have a diagnosable mental health problem — from depression to bipolar disorder — yet fewer than half get any kind of treatment for it. The figures are similar for children. Many who do receive care get it through their primary-care physician rather than a mental health professional like a psychiatrist or psychologist.
March 14, 2011
Home, Sweet Home — The Patient-Centered-Medical-Home model has the potential to enhance employee healthcare — and a company's healthcare costs. The model is designed to offer comprehensive, coordinated and timely care.
March 10, 2011
Case Study: Washington State's Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) — The program's goals are to create a state-wide, patient-centered, integrated program serving clients with medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs. This includes providing high quality mental health screening and treatment; and an evidence- and outcome-based model of collaborative stepped care to treat common mental disorders.
March 1, 2011
Uncoordinated care harms patients and costs America over $240 billion a year, according to a recently published study by the Institute of Medicine for its workshop series — The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes.
February 16, 2011
CU-based study hopes to transform the health care system by bringing the brain and body together
February 15, 2011
ACT Program Receives $3.9 million from the Colorado Health Foundation — Advancing Care Together (ACT) will target models of integrated mental health, substance use and primary care in front line practice.
January 24, 2011
The Hot Spotters: Is Better Care For The Neediest Patients The Answer To Lower Healthcare Costs? — Dr. Atul Gawande has done it again with a well-written article in The New Yorker magazine entitled, "The Hot Spotters." It deals with the fact that 5 percent of people with chronic illness make up over 50 percent of all healthcare costs.
January 18, 2011
Frank deGruy's Health Care Vision in High Demand as a Family Medicine Man — The vision that family medicine should be the hub of a patient-centered health care system integrating generalists as well as mental health and other specialists — has endured and is now taking more distinct form. But realizing the vision of what is generally referred to today as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has radical implications for many in the health care business, including University of Colorado Hospital, because doing so threatens to upend what for many years has been a winning business formula.
NACHC 2010 Assessment of Behavioral Health Services in FQHCs — The NACHC 2010 Assessment of Behavioral Health Services in FQHCs shows that many FQHCs are well positioned to provide integrated behavioral health services. This assessment provides an overview of the current landscape in FQHCs and recommendations for the future.
Realizing Health Reform's Potential: How the Affordable Care Act Will Strengthen Primary Care and Benefit Patients, Providers, and Payers — Although primary care is fundamental to health system performance, the United States has undervalued and underinvested in primary care for decades. This brief describes how the Affordable Care Act will begin to address the neglect of America's primary care system and, wherever possible, estimates the potential impact these efforts will have on patients, providers, and payers.