The State of Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which oversees the state’s Medicaid services, has launched a new program to better serve Medicaid members. Dubbed the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), the ACC will offer better access to health care while at the same time, reduce unnecessary or duplicate services.

 


The State of Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which oversees the state’s Medicaid services, has launched a new program to better serve Medicaid members. Dubbed the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), the ACC will offer better access to health care while at the same time, reduce unnecessary or duplicate services.
 
The ACC program is statewide and is comprised of seven Regional Care Collaborative Organizations (RCCO’s).  Integrated Community Health Partners was chosen to serve as the RCCO for Region 4. Region 4 covers southern and southeastern Colorado, including Pueblo, La Junta, Canon City and Alamosa.
 
The main goal of the Accountable Care Collaborative program is to improve the health of Medicaid members while managing costs. To reach these goals, ICHP focuses on coordinating services and teaching patients how to take charge of their health goals.  ICHP provides medical management to patients so that patients get the right care, at the right time and in the right setting. Patients choose a Primary Care Medical Provider (PCMP) to be their medical home and ICHP coordinates care between medical providers and other services. Services include mental health, long-term care, and social services such as food, housing, transportation and nutrition.
 
 
Integrated Community Health Partners (ICHP) was chosen through a selective bidding process. ICHP is a partnership comprised of organizations with a long, successful history of serving the Medicaid population.  The partnership includes ValueOptions, Inc., The Colorado Community Managed Care Network (CCMCN), three of its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) members –Pueblo Community Health Center, High Plains Community Health Center, and Valley-Wide Health Systems and four Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) – Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health, Southeast Mental Health Services, San Luis Valley Community Mental Health Center, and West Central Mental Health Center.  
 
Donna Mills, ICHP CEO, remarked, “ICHP will improve the quality of healthcare for thousands of Medicaid Members living in Southern Colorado. When people have better access to health care, they are healthier.  When they are healthier, the quality of their lives improve, which in turn, benefits the entire community. By focusing on coordinated care provided by the Medical Homes and empowering patients to manage their personal health goals, we will have a huge impact on Southern Colorado.”
 
The ACC program went live in the summer of 2011 and anticipates 60,000 Medicaid Members will be enrolled throughout the state by mid-2012.
 
ICHP’s office is located in Pueblo at 503 North Main St., Suite #300. If you have questions about ICHP, contact ICHP’s customer service department, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1-855-959-7340.