Focusing on bringing effective practice innovation opportunities to all of Colorado’s healthcare practices.
A 9-month program, with 6 months of practice facilitation, for primary care practices to address unhealthy alcohol use.
A support program for family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric, and OB/GYN practices who serve Medicaid patients.
A program training practices and providers about opioid use disorder and medication assisted treatment.
A trial to test the effectiveness and implementation of a shared decision making curriculum for practicing clinicians in 12 primary care and cardiology practices across Colorado.
We recognize that practices may be overwhelmed with COVID-19, and our projects may not be a priority. We trust you to use your best judgment on balancing the needs of the practice. Practices may choose not to meet with the PTO and focus their energy on preparedness efforts, or they may choose to meet with the PTO for our projects and use coaching to help them prepare.
On average, someone dies in Colorado from an opioid-related overdose every 15 hours. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is more effective at keeping individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) in treatment than detoxification or counseling without medication. The FHPC and Practice Innovation Program @CU conducted a study to identify where there is insufficient buprenorphine treatment provision to meet the needs of Coloradans, calculate the workforce changes necessary to fill these treatment gaps, and offer recommendations to enable targeted resource allocation and better access to care for individuals with OUD.
We sustain and grow collaboration through convening the Colorado Health Extension System (CHES) -- a cooperative of practice transformation organizations, regional health connectors, State agencies, and other partners interested in health and healthcare in Colorado.
The Colorado Health Extension System creates a statewide infrastructure to support and coordinate practice transformation and to connect primary care to local organizations to achieve community health improvement goals.