Colorado

Innovations

State-Financed, Primary Care–Led, Accountable Care Collaborative Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries, Reducing Admissions, Use of Imaging Services, and Costs 02/05/14

Authorized by the State legislature, the Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative is a primary care–based model for delivering coordinated care to Medicaid beneficiaries. Under this initiative, the...

Emergency Department Uses Tool To Identify At-Risk Patients in Need of HIV Testing, Leading to Same Number of Newly Diagnosed Patients with Fewer Screening Tests 12/18/13

Instead of attempting to screen all patients for HIV, the Denver Health Medical Center emergency department uses an electronic risk assessment tool known as the Denver HIV Risk Score to estimate a...

Community Partnership Connects Low-Income Patients With Providers Who Serve Them at Discounted Rates, Enhancing Access and Reducing Emergency Department Use 11/03/13

Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization, matches eligible uninsured and underinsured patients in a three-county area outside of Denver County, CO, with providers who agree to...

Emergency Medical Technicians Use Checklist To Identify Intoxicated Individuals who Can Safely Go to Detoxification Facility Rather Than Emergency Department 12/24/12

Trained emergency medical technicians in and around Colorado Springs and El Paso County, CO, use a checklist to evaluate intoxicated individuals to determine if they need to go to the emergency...

Verification Screen That Includes Prominent Patient Photograph Significantly Reduces Errors Caused by Orders Placed in Wrong Chart 10/30/12

Children's Hospital Colorado requires clinicians in all inpatient and outpatient facilities to confirm any order entered into its computerized order entry system through a popup verification...

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