Monday, February 29, 2016

Health plans sign MOU to integrate behavioral and physical health care for Coloradans

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Office announced today that seven of Colorado’s health insurers will coordinate with the SIM Office to support efforts that transform the way primary care and behavioral health care are delivered and financially supported in Colorado.

As part of a memorandum of understanding with the state, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Colorado Choice Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, UnitedHealthcare and Colorado’s Medicaid program will each provide its own “value-based” payment system and clinical model as part of the Colorado SIM initiative. The initiative will integrate behavioral and physical health care in order to provide better care for Coloradans while decreasing costs. Changing the payment model from one based on fee-for-service is designed to ensure that the newly integrated system is sustainable for care providers, health plans and patients.

“This is the kind of innovation and collaboration that makes Colorado unique, and puts us another step closer to becoming the healthiest state in the nation,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The SIM initiative is funded by a $65 million federal award received by Colorado in December 2014 as part of a competitive process.

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