Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care Needs to Hear from You!

The Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care (CCAHC) is looking to gather input from you in order to help inform them on the various aspects you think are affecting cost within the health care system. Help start a larger dialogue about health care delivery by providing commissioners with responses to the following questions; responses will be posted on the CCAHC website.
  1. What do you think are the fundamental cost drivers and why?
  2. What are the barriers to reducing cost?
  3. Can you list up to three things that you are doing to address cost that are unique?
  4. Is there any supporting data that demonstrates a reduction in cost?
  5. Where do you see waste in the system?
  6. What are the principal barriers to transparency?
  7. What would you change to make things better related to cost?
In order to help facilitate a coordinated response, ClinicNET has created an online survey for our affiliates. We will consolidate the responses and respond to the Cost Commission’s request on your behalf. If you have input on any (or all!) of the questions above, please complete the following survey (or any part of the survey) by Wednesday, September 9: Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated so we can accurately represent Colorado's Community Safety Net Clinics! In your responses, we encourage you to keep in mind (and share) your innovative care delivery systems, the importance of community connections, and how essential it is to address social determinants of health.

You are welcome to submit your own separate independent comments to the Cost Commission by going to the CCAHC website.

Interested in the possibility of free medication donations? Complete this survey!

“The nonprofit organization SIRUM is interested in knowing the prescription drug needs among Colorado’s Community Safety Net Clinics via this very brief survey by Friday, September 4th: SIRUM’s program allows clinic to create and share a formulary of medications needed. They connect clinics with a network of institutional medicine donors that have unused expired medications, coordinating shipment directly from the donor to clinic.

ClinicNET affiliate TLC Pharmacy in Colorado Springs and SIRUM have partnered to help other ClinicNET affiliate clinics gain easy access to the cost-saving benefits of donated medicine. Would your clinic be interested in receiving pre-packaged shipments of donated medications? Complete this very brief survey: by Friday, September 4th. Contact Amy Chen, manager at SIRUM, at or 650.488.7434 for more information.

Additionally, there is a one-time opportunity to receive the following drugs in bulk from SIRUM: Buproprion 75mg, 100mg (expiring 2/2016) and Venlafaxine 25mg, 37.5mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg (expiring between 1-4/2016). SIRUM recently obtained grant funding to cover the processing costs of delivering these drugs in 30-count pre-packaged vials. If you are interested in receiving this donation, email Amy ( with your requested drug names, strengths, and quantities. Orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis.” [Source: SIRUM]

Reflections on Safety Net Clinic Week 2015

Safety Net Clinic Week 2015 was a great success! There were 10 individual clinic site-visits with elected officials, 7 open houses, 9 proclamations of SNCW15 and a full house at our SNCW15 Kickoff Celebration at Clinica Tepeyac!

In the latest ClinicNET Conversations blog post, Sharon Adams reflects on the essential services Community Safety Net Clinics provide, the challenges for both patients and clinics, and the compassion staff and volunteers at CSNCs display. "During Safety Net Clinic Week, Aug. 17-21, 2015, we recognize CSNCs that continue to meet the needs of the communities across our state. We celebrate doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, and the countless volunteers who selflessly work to ensure all people have access to health care." Click here to read more!

Cheers to a great Safety Net Clinic Week 2015! We are extremely grateful to COPIC and Kaiser Permanente for their generous support, as well as the participants of Safety Net Clinic Week 2015!   "Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in Safety Net Clinic Week 2015, for being innovators and for being an inspiration to me personally and to ClinicNET as a centralized voice for the safety net. I’m already looking forward to next year!" - Sharon Adams, Executive Director of ClinicNET.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page to see pictures from the week!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Last call for 2015 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offerings for ClinicNET Affiliates!

Through a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Program, ClinicNET is pleased to be able to offer to contributing ClinicNET affiliates access to Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) registration scholarships and travel support funding! Interested in attending the 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care December 6-9, 2015 or participating in the IHI Open School? Contact Brooke Powers at or 720-863-7803 asap!  [Source: IHI]

It’s time to schedule the next ClinicNET Practice Administrator Cohort!

The next ClinicNET Practice Administrator Cohort will be hosted by SET Family Medical Clinics, 2864 South Circle Drive, Suite 450 in Colorado Springs. Please complete this online scheduling poll by Tuesday, September 1st so we can finalize the date/time (morning or afternoon of September 16, 18, 21, 23, or 25): (Keep in mind travel time!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Program Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) Nominations due Sept. 2

“The Department is currently accepting nominations to fill vacant member positions on the Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC). The current roster is available on our website.

We are accepting nominations for the following positions:
  • A behavioral health client or client advocate
  • A representative from a community mental health center
  • A behavioral health clinician not from a community mental health center
  • (Please note that either the representative from the community mental health center or the independent behavioral health clinician must have expertise in substance abuse treatment.)
  • A non-voting ex-officio representative from a Behavioral Health Organization
  • A non-voting ex-officio representative with expertise in oral health care to serve as a liaison to the oral health community
To nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions, please email no later than COB on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, with the following information:
  • A note describing to which position you are nominating the individual
  • A completed Boards and Committee Application (here in Word and PDF)
  • The individual’s CV or resume
These instructions are also on our website under “Contact Us/Join Us.” Please contact  with any questions.” [Source: HCPF]

ICD-10 Preparation and Provider Trainings Available!

Thanks to the Colorado Community Health Network, ClinicNET affiliate clinics have access to the following ICD-10 trainings:

ICD-10-CM Coding Campout - Sept. 15, 2015, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
This, instructor led, ‘live’ webinar allows coders to join in on a practice ICD-10-CM coding session with their peers and will provide an informal, open forum between students and current ICD-10 approved trainers. Cost: $55. Click here to register.

Top ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Webinar Series for Providers
This training was developed to prepare the busy provider for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The series includes short (5-10 minutes each) webinars on “must know” elements for the most utilized diagnoses codes. AAFP CME credits are available. Cost: $90. Click here to register.

Evaluation & Management Documentation for Providers
Roughly 80% of all encounters billed include E/M codes, yet evaluation and management coding continues to be the most challenging areas for providers and coders. This web-based curriculum offers a step-by-step curriculum during which participants will learn everything they need to know about key components of history, physical exam and medical decision-making. Using real life clinical examples, participants will see that it's not the quantity of documentation that matters--it's the quality. Cost: $255; 10% discount offered for registrations of 3 or more providers at-one-time. Click here to register.

Please contact Sarah Macrander,, with questions. [Source: CCHN]