Supported the Colorado Hospital Association in developing standards and processes to measure and disclose nurses' contribution to the quality of patient care in licensed health care facilities, pursuant to Executive Order B 002 07.
Conducted local outreach in support of the Frontline film Sick Around the World, which explores how other industrialized countries deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their experience. A follow-up film, Sick Around America, focuses on the 225 million Americans under 65 not covered by Medicaid or Medicare who seek access to health care via the private insurance market. Learn more.
Provided scholarships to health professions students at Regis University's Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center.
A multi-state, quasi-experimental evaluation of the Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) model in Colorado was conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health. This evaluation identified factors associated with the implementation of the PCMH model as well as the outcomes related to patient and physician experiences, changes in quality of care measures and cost. With claims data from the participating insurance companies, the evaluation examined utilization and costs for patients in the pilot sites relative to similar patients in the comparison groups.
Supporting the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence in expanding the leadership skills of some 140 front-line nurses to implement quality initiatives that improve patient care statewide. The program built on evidence gained from a HRSA-funded nurse leadership program.
Funding to strengthen staff, planning, outreach and public education efforts to support the development and implementation of health care system improvements in Colorado. As well, through the Colorado Governor's Building Blocks to Health Care Reform and Executive Order D 005 08, the establishment of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) to identify and pursue strategies for quality improvement, cost containment and improved population health.
Supported a staff position in the Colorado Governor's Policy Office to assist with the implementation of laws that will increase access to health for all Coloradans.