Important Update:

December 16, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has awarded Colorado with $65 million in State Innovation Model (SIM) funding. Please use the following links to view or download the press release:

View the press release
Download press release (PDF)

SIM Working Meeting: Thursday, November 20, 2014

The SIM Team extends its gratitude to everyone who attended the conference for making the meeting a great success.The minutes from the meeting will be posted here as soon as they become available. The PowerPoint presentations from the meeting can be viewed using the links below:

Main SIM Presentation
Presented by:  Vatsala Pathy, SIM Director

Presented by:  Dr. Mark Gritz, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

Presented by:  Kate Kiefert, State HIT Implementation Coordinator, Governor’s Office

Presented by:  Gretchen Hammer, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved

SIM Workstreams

The SIM Team is currently accepting applications to participate in the two workstreams listed below, which will begin meeting in early 2015:

  1. Workforce*
  2. Evaluation*
Click here to sign-up for the workforce and/or evaluation workstreams

The other four SIM workstreams are already underway and registration through the website is no longer available. If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please feel free to contact to co-leads directly. The contact information for each of the group leads can be found online using the following link:

Please note that due to the high volume of requests for participation in the workgroups, we will be limited in the number of individuals who are able to join a workgroup. However, there will be various ways to participate in the SIM workgroups, including the working meeting on November 20, which will be open to the public. The SIM Team, along with the co-leads are working diligently to ensure a wide range of stakeholders are represented across the workgroups, while maintaining the integrity of the procurement process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director, Vatsala Pathy through the contact us portal. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in participating in these groups, and  for your continued support and engagement in SIM. 

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We have the opportunity to make Colorado the healthiest state by building on our collective strengths of innovation and collaboration. Colorado’s existing healthcare system is unsustainable, and too often, individuals are not receiving the right care at the right time in the right care setting. We must build a comprehensive and person-centered statewide system that addresses a broad range of health needs, delivers the best care at the best value, and helps Coloradans achieve the best health possible. In March 2013, the state of Colorado received a State Innovation Model Pre-Testing Assistance Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The goal of this six month grant is to help the state improve and enhance our innovation proposal to CMS and work to refine our model of integration of behavioral health and primary health care.  Click here to access Colorado’s original proposal to CMS for the State Innovation Models Testing Cooperative Agreement. Colorado has unique strengths: our strong foundation of initiatives to improve health, our reputation for collaboration and innovation, our superior recreational opportunities, and our healthier lifestyle. We can build on these strengths and improve outcomes for every Coloradan, but it will take a challenging combination of individual responsibility, collaboration with private and public partners, and a commitment to measuring our collective progress. Partnerships with our foundations, healthcare organizations, individuals, legislators, faith communities, and others will continue to be essential in shaping our strategy and overcoming barriers in our current systems.To be the healthiest state, we must build a comprehensive statewide system that addresses a broad range of health needs, delivers the best care at the best value, and helps Coloradans achieve the best health possible. We have tied Colorado’s existing strengths and efforts into a single framework that is Colorado’s own version of the Triple Aim: Best Care, Best Health, Best Value.

Our initiatives are coordinated and aligned across four strategic focus areas:
  • Promoting prevention and wellness
  • Expanding coverage, access, and capacity
  • Improving health system integration and quality
  • Enhancing value and strengthening sustainability