Boulder hospital forges ahead with PCMHs

Taps population health, analytics platform
By Erin McCann
10:06 AM
Boulder Community Hospital Physician Clinics is moving forward with its patient-centered medical home and accountable care initiatives after announcing it has taken the next step by selecting a population health management and data analytics platform. 
BCH tapped Atlanta-based Wellcentive to facilitate care coordination among the hospital's more than 50 outpatient primary care providers and better outcomes for the clinics' PCMH implementation and future ACO activities, officials say. 
The platform will also support BCH's Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, which is a four-year initiative administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The CMS Innovation Center was created by the Affordable Care Act to test innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care.
BCH’s program is among 73 primary care practices in Colorado that have been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in a comprehensive initiative to help keep health care costs down. In total, 335 providers from across the state will participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative.
BCH will use platform tools to proactively manage care and control spending. With these tools, BCH can identify and stratify patients within selected risk profiles, enabling providers to focus their care management resources on the highest risk patients, according to officials. 
“With an unprecedented combination of uncertainty, pressure and opportunity, these are remarkably challenging times for healthcare organizations,” said Mason Beard, senior vice president of Solutions and Operations and Wellcentive co-founder, in a Wellcentive news release. This particular platform, Beard added, can "empower organizations to evolve and grow through the power of their own data.”