Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) is the local community regional entity serving 130,000 Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) members in Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties. CCHA is a partnership between primary care doctors (Physician Health Partners and Primary Physician Partners) and the largest hospital system in the state (Centura Health). We were formed to help primary care providers transform to medical homes and to integrate our community delivery system to ensure Health First Colorado members receive coordinated, quality health care. Pillars of the CCHA program include robust care coordination programs that meet the members where they are in the community, tailored primary care practice transformation coaching services, extensive community partnership development all supported by sophisticated analytics and transformative health tools. These pillars have helped CCHA become one of the top performing regions in the state, improving health outcomes and lowering the cost of care.
CCHA joined the Mile High Health Alliance to further support our Health First Colorado members and providers. CCHA is invested, both financially and through collaboration at the board level, in the Alliance to help keep this important organization viable and moving forward with coordination to strengthen the health care community. Projects we have recently collaborated on include: the development of the Regional Health Connectors program associated with SIM, the specialty care access program, and efforts to improve coordination and care for high utilizers of the ED.
We appreciate the opportunity to convene with key members of our health system all of whom are driven by the same desire to increase collaboration and coordination in our community and provide the care and services our members need.
Denver’s Community Health Improvement Plan identified Access to Care as one of two top health priorities for the city to work on from 2013-2018, along with Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL). Some of the primary concerns related to Access to Care in Denver included the lack of health insurance coverage among residents, inadequate access to specialty care for uninsured and publically insured residents, inappropriate and excessive use of emergency departments in lieu of primary care, and the lack of coordination among health care providers in different organizations about the care of individual patients.
The CHIP outlined a five-year goal for Access to Care, namely that by 2019, 95% of Denver residents would have access to primary medical care, including behavioral health care. Objective A3 under this goal was to form an alliance of important stakeholder organizations in Denver, to increase access to care, better coordinate medical care and social services, and decrease health care costs. After a year-long collaborative planning process, the Mile High Health Alliance was officially launched in January 2015.
The Mile High Health Alliance is a membership-based organization, with both organizational and individual members. All regular organizational members have a seat on the Board of Directors, the central governing body of the Alliance, and are eligible to run for seats on the elected Executive Committee of the Board. As such, all organizational members actively participate in setting and implementing the priorities and strategies of the Alliance. Ex-officio organizational members and individual members do not hold board seats. Join the Alliance!
- Specialty Care Access Group – Tuesday, November 1 from 3-4:30 pm
- Regional Health Connector Steering Committee – Thursday, November 10 from 8:30-10 am
- High Utilizers Group – Wednesday, November 16 from 10:30 am-12 pm
Achieving Better Health through Collaboration