Funding Strategy: Improve Health Care Delivery
If clinics, organizations and communities integrate all or part of the health care continuum and community-based services, people will have better health outcomes. Integration of care, with an emphasis on primary care, will improve quality and reduce costs over the long term.
The Colorado Health Foundation invests in the following areas to improve health care delivery in Colorado:
- Encourage implementation of the medical home model in the primary care setting by:
- Strengthening the capacity of organizations that are leading medical home initiatives in Colorado
- Enabling clinics to become certified as medical homes
- Supporting the efforts of clinics and mental health centers to integrate physical health care, mental health care and oral health care
- Support projects that increase integration and coordination of services within primary care and across health care settings by:
- Advancing partnerships among organizations such as primary care clinics, mental health centers, dental clinics or community-based service organizations to coordinate delivery of care
- Improving the transition of care, care coordination, and inter-organizational business and clinical processes involving primary care, specialists, hospitals and other providers
- Supporting community efforts to optimize care through health promotion and by organizing the health care delivery system and community services more effectively
- Enabling state-level entities to develop payment methods that reward improved care coordination, integration of services and transition of care
- Support projects to implement practice redesign and evidence-based guidelines in the primary care setting.
- Build leadership and political will for health care system redesign that includes improved integration of care by:
- Identifying community and state leaders committed to improving care delivery
- Working with system experts, community and state leaders to overcome barriers to health system redesign