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At ECHO Colorado, we are passionate about what we do, and we are constantly working to spread the word. People around the state and beyond Colorado have taken notice. Here, you’ll find information on the exciting things that are going on with
ECHO Colorado.

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Jan 15, 2019

Coordinated Care Teams Can Help Heal the Ailing Doctor-patient Relationship

Our healthcare system has become more and more impersonal, and reaching someone on the other end of the phone who can help navigate through larger and …

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Our healthcare system has become more and more impersonal, and reaching someone on the other end of the phone who can help navigate through larger and larger hospital healthcare systems can be daunting. This is a result of major changes that the healthcare system has undergone over the last 20 years. Large hospital and healthcare systems have responded to insurance reform and revenue uncertainty by growing quickly through the acquisition of smaller hospitals and community practices. So, who is there to coordinate care?

Coordinated care teams can help heal the ailing doctor-patient relationship. ECHO Colorado is offering its sixth cohort of Team-Based Care Coordination: Understand, Communicate, and Work At the Top of Your Scope. This ECHO series helps learners improve the health and quality of care for patients with chronic disease by providing care coordinators with foundational knowledge and practice opportunities for prevention and management strategies. Offered in partnership with the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative, the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center and Care Coordination Central, the free. four-week session is for licensed and non-licensed care coordinators who have a desire to maximize their contribution to team-based care. More information here.

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Dec 20, 2018

Six-Month Snapshot: January- June 2018

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Dec 11, 2018

ECHO Colorado Supports Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s ECHO Launch

ECHO Colorado’s Kory Thomas, Fred Thomas and Leah Willis Basche spent three days in New Hampshire training the Knowledge Map Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on the integration …

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ECHO Colorado’s Kory Thomas, Fred Thomas and Leah Willis Basche spent three days in New Hampshire training the Knowledge Map Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on the integration of ECHO into their existing innovative telehealth work.  The training is evidence of ECHO Colorado’s expanding opportunities to collaborate with other Academic Medical Centers across the country. 

Photo (left to right): Kory Thomas, ECHO Colorado; Susan Hanlon, MBA, Director, Knowledge Map, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Sally Kraft, MD, MPH, Vice President of the Community Health Department in the Population Health Management Division, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Fred Thomas, ECHO Colorado; Megan Colgan, Project Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Leah Willis Basche, ECHO Colorado.

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Dec 7, 2018

Almost 70% of Coloradans Who are Depressed are Not Getting Treatment

In a recent study conducted by Denver Health, a reported one out of every eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and not getting treatment. Scaling out, …

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In a recent study conducted by Denver Health, a reported one out of every eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and not getting treatment. Scaling out, those numbers compound to reveal that 70% of Coloradoans that are depressed are not getting the treatment they need. 

This report supports the integration of behavioral health care into primary care where screening, initial treatment, and proper care can be a starting point for patients to reduce the barriers of lengthy referrals and expedite treatment and follow-up care. With the shortage of mental health providers in the state, integrating care has been proven successful. “The model is effective because, according to Lomonaco’s previous research, patients are four times more likely to see a mental-health professional if one is in the office than if they are handed a piece of paper referring them elsewhere.” 

 

ECHO Colorado supports the integration of behavioral health care through several offerings, including the upcoming Strategies for Behavioral Health Integration: Defining Roles and Responsibilities. By supporting the efforts of healthcare providers to identify and treat patients with behavioral health issues, we hope to be a resource to providers looking to offer treatment to their patients to decrease those needing care. We’ve partnered up with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine for this learning series (to be offered on Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., February 6 through March 6, 2019). Learn more here

 

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