Community Benefit Report
For fiscal year 2019
Committed to our communities
UCHealth invests through uncompensated care, research, education and programs to support our patients and the communities we serve. It’s part of our commitment to help as many people as possible live extraordinary lives.
Staying connected to our communities allows us to understand needs, to proactively prevent and treat medical concerns, and to improve overall health.
Improving the lives of those we serve
UCHealth is a Colorado-owned and operated, nonprofit 501(c)(3) integrated health system that offers the most advanced care throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Created in 2012 with the joint operating agreement between University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System, UCHealth now includes 13 hospitals and more than 150 UCHealth-owned and affiliated clinics serving patients in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.
As Colorado’s only integrated community and academic health system, we are dedicated to improving lives and providing the highest quality medical care with an exceptional patient experience.
We improve lives.
In big ways, through learning, healing and discovery.
In small, personal ways through human connection.
But in all ways, we improve lives.
From health care to health.
Areas of focus
Expanding opportunities for people to access our services through financial assistance, technology, and a commitment to Medicaid services.
Greater awareness of and investments in behavioral health issues including depression, opioid addiction, and suicide.
Pushing the boundaries of medicine and bringing advanced care to patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region while focusing on wellness.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) describes the health status of a hospital’s community and is to be used by the hospital and other collaborators when developing an implementation plan that addresses one or more identified community needs.
CHNA hard copies are also available at each hospital’s administrative offices.
We partner with and invest in community organizations to address major social determinants of health, such as homelessness and food insecurity.
Community programs: behavioral health
In Fort Collins, patients who have mental or behavioral health issues receive help from the Community Paramedics Program in collaboration with the Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative team, which provides help for patients who require complex care. Paramedics provide medical care but also help patients by teaching coping skills, how to properly use resources – appropriate visits to an emergency room or fire department – and greater understanding of their behavioral health needs. Through this program, patients receive proper medical and emotional support and are provided with valuable information about resources available in non-urgent social situations.
Imagine Zero is a coalition of health care professionals, agencies and community members who meet to improve inter-agency communication and coordination of behavioral health services in northern Colorado. UCHealth actively participates in this coalition and, with support from the Colorado Health Foundation, has implemented evidence-based suicide prevention awareness training to employees in our northern Colorado region. The training is being expanded to leaders throughout all UCHealth regions.
The Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) program is part of a national effort to examine the effect of universal screening and intervention on individuals at risk for suicide in an emergency department setting. This resource includes provider tools, a Patient Safety Screener to be administered by ED nursing staff and a Patient Safety Secondary Screener to assess if referral to mental health treatment is warranted. It also includes patient handouts in English and Spanish for self care, how to stay safe and a personal safety plan.
Let’s Talk Colorado
UCHealth participates in Let’s Talk Colorado, a campaign that encourages an open conversation about mental illness. It was developed in collaboration with local health care and community partners so people will be more willing to seek the care they need.
Hospital Transformation Program
The Hospital Transformation Program (HTP) is a value-based program for hospitals caring for Medicaid clients.
The HTP requests that hospitals in the state of Colorado focus on the following primary goals:
- Improve patient outcomes through care redesign and integration of care across settings
- Improve the patient experience in the delivery system by ensuring appropriate care in appropriate settings
- Lower Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) costs through reductions in avoidable hospital utilization and increased effectiveness and efficiency in care delivery
- Accelerate hospitals’ organizational, operational, and systems readiness for value-based payment
- Increase collaboration between hospitals and other providers, particularly Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) participants, in data sharing and analytics and evidence-based care coordination and care transitions, integrated physical and behavioral care delivery, chronic care management, and community-based population health and disparities reduction efforts.