Center for Improving Value in Health Care
Feb 3, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by
We’ve created badges that you can easily place on your website in less than five minutes. These badges will show people who come to visit your website that your organization is a partner with CIVHC and committed to improving health care value.
Feb 5, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by
All Payer Claims Database, CIVHC Partners, Collective Impact, Controlling Costs, Delivery System Redesign, Integrated Care, Payment Reform, Rewarding Value, Triple Aim, Accountable Care Organizations
I’ve been in health care for over 30 years and as I think about most of the problems with healthcare… access, quality, cost, safety, etc., many of the solutions to these issues were obvious even back in those early days of my career. We knew then that fee for service reimbursement created perverse incentives and that outcome based payments aligned incentives for better care and lower costs. In general, care was siloed, inefficient and demanded vertical and horizontal coordination along with tools such as electronic health records (EHR). The problem was that there was no pressure to change unless it was self-generated. Today, many of the same problems exist, but the impetus and external pressures to improve are upon us.
Dec 21, 2016 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
This time of year offers a chance to reflect. Through the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity and forget to celebrate what and whom we are grateful for. This year, I am personally grateful for close family and friends, and wonderful memories of loved ones no longer with us. These wonderful memories help to shape us and provide direction as we look forward into the future. As a part of the Colorado health care non-profit community, I’m also thankful to be part of an innovative ecosystem of organizations and colleagues focused on improving the lives of Coloradans
Feb 21, 2017 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
CIVHC Partners, Collective Impact, Colorado All Payer Claims Database, Triple Aim, Transparency, All Payer Claims Database
Change Agent Profile Series (formerly CIVHC's Spotlight on Innovation) - Southeast Health Group's Tipping Point Integrated Care Pilot
Jan 9, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by
All Payer Claims Database, CIVHC Partners, Collective Impact, Delivery System Redesign, Palliative Care, Payment Reform, Triple Aim, Decision, Exchange, Accountable Care Organizations
This time of year is sports fan’s heaven but unfortunately I seem to have been born without the “sports fan gene”. Family, friends and colleagues exchange sad, knowing glances at my pathetic mixed sports metaphors and attempts to engage in post-weekend sports banter. Despite that, as I write this first health care blog of 2013, all I have are sports metaphors floating in my head. I apologize ahead of time to all sports fans out there.
Having crossed into 2013, the trigger date of 2014 for implementing the biggest elements of the health care law seems imminent...
Jul 9, 2012 | 1 comments | Posted by
Colorado Health Foundation, Coordinated Care, Delivery System Redesign, Payment Reform, Rewarding Value, The Colorado Trust, CIVHC Partners
The spirit of innovation is alive and well in Colorado health care. And, even as providers, patient advocates and health plans respond to local needs, they’re identifying many of the same problems. Even more striking: they agree that the changes they need to make to improve health, improve care and control costs can’t be done without radically transforming the way we pay for health care.
Aug 8, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by
Collective Impact, Triple Aim, CIVHC Partners
Each year after the Colorado Health Symposium I come away proud of the progress we’ve made in health care in our state and re-energized by the commitment and collaboration of so many Coloradans to achieve true systemic change. Through the efforts of many, a plan of action is coming into focus on ways to solve Colorado’s health care problems. Rising costs, mediocre patient experience, a population getting less healthy, and a near total lack of transparent data that can make a broken system work better plagues our state and country. Many organizations in Colorado are pursuing strategies and engaging in interventions to address specific aspects of the solution. However, if Colorado is going to thrive we need to work faster, smarter and in a more systemic way.
Mar 20, 2017 | 0 comments | Posted by Global Administrator
CIVHC Partners, Coordinated Care, Delivery System Redesign, Palliative Care, Care Transitions
Death is a taboo topic in America. In many cases, the reticence to discuss end-of-life concerns extends to serious diagnoses, such as cancer, which may not be terminal.
Apr 16, 2012 | 1 comments | Posted by
Controlling Costs, Delivery System Redesign, Payment Reform, Rewarding Value, CIVHC Partners
Editorial version published by Denver Business Journal 4.13.12
As the CEO of an organization deeply focused on efforts to make Colorado’s health care better and less expensive, I get a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Federal Health Care Reform, aka Obamacare). Many assume that if the Supreme Court strikes the law down, the work of CIVHC and many other partner organizations somehow goes away and we hit a big re-set button for our work. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mar 6, 2013 | 1 comments | Posted by
CIVHC Partners, Delivery System Redesign, Payment Reform, Triple Aim, All Payer Claims Database
February 13th marked five years since Governor Ritter signed the Executive Order to develop the Center for Improving Value in Health Care. In those five years since CIVHC was merely an idea born out of the 208 Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, much has changed for our organization and our state as a whole. The future of health care in Colorado looks bright, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce several new staff and highlight some new resources we made available this month in support of Colorado efforts.
Aug 14, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by
Collective Impact, Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Health Symposium, Triple Aim, CIVHC Partners
Every year the Colorado Health Foundation brings together over 300 people from throughout Colorado and the U.S. to explore a wide array of health-related issues and drivers of change in the health and health care eco-system. This year’s Colorado Health Symposium topic was "Health Forward: Harnessing the Energy of Change". Throughout the three days, participants were encouraged by national experts to contemplate the forces of change — policy, consumer demand, marketplace and others — in an effort to identify innovations at play that will impact our mutual efforts to achieve the Triple Aim….better health, better care and lower costs.
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Jonathan Friesen
CIVHC Partners, CO APCD, Triple Aim, All Payer Claims Database
I am excited to be a part of CIVHC and working again in Colorado! My first official day was August 4, 2014, and within a few days I was in awe of the number of health care improvement activities occurring in Colorado and all there is to learn. To get up to speed as quickly as possible, my calendar is already full of meetings with staff, key stakeholders and business leaders that play an essential role in the success of CIVHC. Of critical importance is hearing directly from you and understanding the important role you play in Colorado’s health care landscape and what support CIVHC might be able to provide you along your journey.
Nov 14, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by
Triple Aim, CIVHC Partners
It’s hard to believe that this will be my final blog post as President and CEO of CIVHC. By the time our next newsletter rolls around, I will be in the same role but with Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leader in worker’s compensation insurance. The work I’ve been engaged with at CIVHC, together with our many partners, has been some of the most challenging and gratifying of my career. I’m proud to have played a small part in joining with so many caring individuals and organizations who are united in helping Colorado achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better health and lower costs.
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 comments | Posted by
Accountable Care Organizations, CIVHC Partners, Collective Impact, Delivery System Redesign, Rewarding Value, Triple Aim, ACA
Change brings opportunity. And judging from the amount of change underway in Colorado’s health care community right now, we’ve got lots of opportunity! Nonprofit organizations—including CIVHC—and state agencies are undergoing leadership transitions. Foundations are reconsidering their funding approaches. Colorado’s State health Innovation Plan lays out an ambitious, multi-year agenda for health system transformation.
Feb 10, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by
CIVHC Partners, CO APCD, Cost Transparency, Data, database, Health, Information, All Payer Claims Database
The latest long, fairly difficult to remember acronym to come into play for CIVHC and the Colorado All Payer Claims Database is “HRCMT”. While none of us have been waiting around to learn another health care acronym, the Healthcare Regional Cost Measurement and Transparency project has the promise to make a big impact nationally using data from the Colorado APCD and other similar databanks in other states.
Apr 8, 2014 | 0 comments | Posted by Erin Perry
CIVHC Partners, Long-term Care Transitions, Health, Readmissions, Care Transitions
Efforts to reduce readmissions have targeted virtually every element of the patient experience from in-hospital communication to discharge services, records transmission to long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, and in-home support for medication adherence and care coordination. Recently, there’s been increasing focus on the non-medical drivers of readmissions – social determinants that effect day-to-day health and may prove to be significant drivers of hospital readmissions. We know that shelter and security are a huge part of recovery and remaining healthy after a readmission, but access to the appropriate food and nutrition also has enormous impacts on a patient’s health post-discharge.
Mar 22, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by
Long-term Care Transitions, CIVHC Partners
CORHIO is among only eight organizations across the country to receive a “State Health Information Exchange Challenge Grant” from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
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