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Primary Care Medical Provider Monthly Newsletter

February 2021

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, or DSMES, teaches participants how to eat healthy, be active, monitor blood sugar levels, take medication, problem solve, reduce risk for other health conditions, and cope with their disease. It is evidence-based and improves clinical outcomes, health status and quality of life. We encourage you to review the resources given below for you and your patients. You may also visit the CDPHE webpage for DSMES for more information.



Updates From Your Practice Transformation Coaches

Greetings from the HCI / Beacon Practice Transformation Team! Our hope is that the New Year has begun on a healthy note!  

Sharing a few quick highlights: 


Practice Transformation Incentive Payment Program for PCMPs~~

All PCMP’s will be eligible to receive additional funding for contributing to the successful achievement of RAE initiatives within our region. All PCMP’s will be eligible to participate in the Practice Transformation incentive opportunity. Payments will be dependent on availability of funds. Payment is limited to one location per practice.  

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Practice Transformation is the implementation of quality improvement tools and evidenced based best practices for primary care. The Practice Assessment is used to understand where a practice is in the practice transformation journey. Your PT Coach will meet with you virtually and the Practice Assessment takes about an hour to complete. After completing the Assessment your Coach can work with you to develop Quality Improvement (QI) Plan for 2021 and work on a PDSA.

The Health Colorado Practice Transformation Coaches Tina Gage and Nate Koller can offer practice transformation support to you to improve performance. Please contact Nate or Tina and they will assist in scheduling a time to with you.

 Please join our next Practice Transformation Learning Collaborative on March 25th 12PM to 1PM.

  • Registration information will be emailed ahead of time. 

Looking to implement team-based care?


The Colorado Health Foundation is offering funding opportunity to support safety net clinics in receiving technical assistance (TA) to improve their clinical and business capacity so they can offer high-quality, team-based comprehensive primary care. The Foundation will fund clinics up to $125,000 over the two-year period to support clinic staff participation in the funding opportunity and any education and travel-related expenses associated with implementing team-based care.

 

Have questions? They are available to talk through your ideas and encourage you to connect with them before applying for funding. If you don’t already work with a program officer, please reach out by email at funding@coloradohealth.org or by phone at 303-953-3600, and be sure to note the county you work in and the focus area of interest.

 

Deadline for application is October 15, 2021. Here is the link to the opportunity.

Primary Care Medical Provider Participation in a Youth Suicide Research Study

Partners For Children's Mental Health is looking for primary care medical providers who see patients ages 10-24 to participate in a 12 month research study. The purpose is to understand the impact and providers' perspectives on implementing a youth suicide care pathway in the primary care setting. Click here for the flyer with more information.

New ACH Enrollment Form for Health Colorado


Beacon Health Options is now a subsidiary of Anthem and has a new ACH Enrollment for Health Colorado, Inc. providers. If you are interested in receiving your future payments electronically, you will be required to set up a new account through ACH Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using this form New Enrollment Form for Health Colorado. Submit the completed forms to HealthColorado@beaconhealthoptions.com. This service is at no cost to you!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Alma Mejorado, Director of Contract Development, at 719-313-0243 and alma.mejorado@beaconhealthoptions.com or Victoria Medina, Network Manager, at Victoria.medina@beaconhealthoptions.com.

Upcoming Events and Webinars




  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers a free, comprehensive CULTURAL COMPETENCY online training
  • Click here for more information and sign up.

COVID-19 Information

Statewide COVID Vaccine Information


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has extensive resources and information regarding the COVID vaccine. 

Tips for Speaking with Colleagues About COVID-19 Vaccination



An article from the American Medical Association


The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the U.S. has run into some resistance from an unlikely group: health professionals. While front-line workers have had top priority access to COVID-19 vaccines, some may be hesitant to receive shots. These doubts come as a surprise to many who assumed health professionals would eagerly accept one of the COVID-19 vaccines. However, physicians can help build confidence among colleagues who might be hesitant to receive a vaccination. Read the article here.

Here is the GRIT flyer so you can print or send and share it with others.

Member Resources

Health Colorado and Beacon host a monthly workshop: LIFE CARE PLANNING ADVANCE DIRECTIVES VIRTUAL WORKSHOP


Providers, Care Coordinators, and Members are invited to participate in this "working" workshop where forms are available for members to state their wishes if they were unable to communicate them.

  • The last Thursday of each month
  • 2 sessions are available: 11:30am-1:00pm AND 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Click here for the call-in information and to access to the materials

Health Colorado and Beacon host a monthly webinar: WELCOME TO HEALTH FIRST COLORADO Q & A WEBINAR FOR MEMBERS

  • The first Thursday of each month
  • 2 webinar times are available: 11am-12pm AND 6pm-7pm
  • Click here for the flyer and call-in information

Feds Announce Open Enrollment


President Biden issued an Executive Order that re-opens enrollment of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. While the order pertains to states that use the federal exchange (healthcare.gov), Colorado’s exchange (Connect for Health Colorado) will mirror the order by also re-opening enrollment. In fact, Coloradans without health insurance will be able to enroll in coverage through ConnectforHealthCO.com between Feb. 8 - May 15, 2021. This special enrollment period is for people who are without health insurance and begins a week earlier than the federal exchange. CLICK HERE for the entire letter from Kim Bimestefer with more information.