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CIVHC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary and New Staff

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 Blue Ribbon Commission for 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.

One of CIVHC’s primary focuses is promoting changes in the payment system to move away from fee-for-service reimbursement to a system that supports care coordination and outcomes-based medicine. We recently updated our Colorado inventory of innovative payment and delivery system programs describing the incredible efforts already taking place in Colorado to move away from volume-based payments. We are also excited to have Bob Kershner, MBA, join our team as Director of Health System Payment Strategies. Bob is a Stanford graduate with an MBA from Regis and has experience as a physical therapist, rehabilitation hospital director and physician practice CEO. In his new role, Bob will be leading CIVHC efforts to support statewide adoption of bundled and global payments.

Last week we submitted the Colorado All Payer Claims Database Annual Report to the Colorado General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. As we were compiling the report, it was remarkable to look back on 2012 and see the progress that was made on the APCD from the time test data was received from the payers in March to go-live of the interactive reports on in November. In support of APCD, Beth Newsome, MPA, Data Analyst for CIVHC, joined us in February after a long career in data quality and analytics at Kaiser Permanente. Beth’s role is to maximize the value of the APCD by providing analysis of the data in support of efforts to improve care, improve health, and lower costs.

From day one for CIVHC, promoting redesign of the care delivery system to ensure patients get high quality care when and where they need it has been a top priority. We’ve been fortunate to have Jenny Nate, Director of Policy and Planning, leading our care transitions and palliative care work from the beginning. Jenny transitioned from CIVHC on March 1st to assume a new role with Rocky Mountain Health Plans as Senior Community Strategies Leader for their Regional Care Collaborative Organization. We would like to thank Jenny for her amazing leadership throughout the years and wish her the best in her new role. Kristin Paulson, JD, MPH, CIVHC’s new Policy Coordinator, will be taking on our care transitions and palliative care work in the near term. Kristin comes to us with a background in law, policy and public health and is a great asset to the CIVHC team.

As we celebrate our five year anniversary and staff who helped shape our organization, and welcome new staff, I’d like to also thank the many external partners across the state that were and remain instrumental as advisors to our organization. Every aspect of our work is supported by organizations and individuals across the state who provide expert guidance and input to help CIVHC support and advance the Triple Aim. For your time, dedication and expertise we are eternally grateful.

About the Author: Phil Kalin is CIVHC's President and CEO. Contact him at

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Genie Pritchett
A very kind tribute to your impressive staff. Thanks for your leadership in our state.
3/6/2013 8:46:51 PM

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