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Innovation Challenge Grants Awarded in Colorado

Millions of Dollars Awarded to Colorado to Improve Health Care and Reduce Cost

The second and final round of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Health Care Innovation Challenge awardees included two new Colorado applicants - Denver Health and Southeast Mental Health Services in Prowers County. They join the Upper San Juan Health District (award announced in May) as the only Colorado-specific proposals to receive awards. Under the Innovation Challenge initiative, these projects are testing creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services at lower costs.

Denver Health and Hospital Authority is receiving $19.8M to provide individualized care for low income children and adults to address ambulatory medical, behavioral and social needs. The model will coordinate care and offer self-care support between visits, enabled by HIT and team-based patient navigators, and will integrate physical and behavioral health services in existing primary care settings and newly created high risk clinics.

Southeast Mental Health Services is receiving $1.4M to coordinate comprehensive, community-based care for high-risk, high-cost, and chronically ill residents in Prowers County. The program will employ trained patient navigators to increase patients' access to primary and behavioral care, preventive care, and early intervention services, offering team-based education and coaching to improve both population health and self-management of disease.

The majority of Innovation Challenge awardees announced are multi-state initiatives. Several Colorado organizations are also participating in these initiatives including: 

  • Denver Health: part of a Dartmouth-led project focused on shared decision-making
  • Kaiser Permanente Colorado: participating in a project led by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement to manage care for patients with depression and either diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • Metropolitan Community Provider Network: part of a safety net-focused initiative led by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy

For a complete list and details on Colorado awardees, visit the CMS Innovations website.

Visit our website to find out how CIVHC has been supporting CMS Innovations initiatives including the Health Care Innovations Challenge and the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative