Our History

Our Solutions have been developed drawing knowledge from our more than 20 years of experience working with health teams and our experienced staff with backgrounds and advanced degrees in healthcare and business.

With origins deep in the healthcare community, HealthTeamWorks grew out of the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative established in 1996. The Collaborative was tasked with effectively consolidating and standardizing the multiple and often conflicting clinical guidelines issued by health plans, medical societies and government and private agencies. But HealthTeamWorks leaders knew that to improve the state of healthcare, we needed to address the fee-for-service system that was not working for providers or their patients. From that vision, HealthTeamWorks was born in name, as an organization committed to changing the healthcare delivery system to achieve the quadruple aim: improved patient care, lowered costs, workplace satisfaction, and healthier communities.

Today HealthTeamWorks collaborates with physicians, payers, government entities, hospitals and health systems to achieve success in healthcare transformation. Below learn more about our successes on our journey to transformation. Click through our milestones and learn more about HealthTeamWorks' history below. 

 

  • HealthTeamWorks was launched as the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative (CCGC).

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  • HealthTeamWorks’ Quality Improvement coaches provided interventions to primary care and sub-specialty medical offices to help them develop a systems approach to improving their effectiveness in reducing the burden of tobacco usage in Colorado.

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  • HealthTeamWorks’ PCMH Innovations program continued the work begun by the IPIP program in implementing tools, systems, and support mechanisms for delivering consistent, high-quality, patient-centered care.

    Practices in the Innovations Program selected one of three tracks to focus their transformation work: Behavioral Health Integration, Cost Reduction, or Patient Engagement. Both the PCMH Foundations program and the Innovations program provided in-office assistance to practices, focusing on efficiency, technology, clinical quality, and satisfaction for both patients and the care team.

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  • In partnership with the Colorado Association of Family Medicine Residencies and the University of Colorado Denver Department of Family Medicine, HealthTeamWorks worked to implement the project aims in three Health One primary care residency programs. The contract also provided National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation and recognition consulting services, care management trainings, and on-going collaborative learning amongst the practices.

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  • From this program, HealthTeamWorks emerged as a pioneer in the new PCMH movement and began delivering clinical practice transformation programs in Colorado and across the nation. The Pilot included practice transformation and corresponding enhanced payment supportive of the Triple Aim.

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  • We changed our name to HealthTeamWorks to reflect our evolving purpose and mission.

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  • This first training course, formally named Performance Facilitator 101 training, was designed to focus on training practice improvement facilitators to drive sustainable quality improvement within their own healthcare organizations.

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  • HealthTeamWorks provided practice transformation support to CPC, a four-year multi-payer initiative, designed to strengthen primary care. Focused on several U.S. regions, CPC evaluated on multi-payer payment reform, the continuous use of data to guide improvement, and meaningful use of health information technology, had an impact on improved care, better health for populations, and lower costs.

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  • HealthTeamWorks provided practice transformation support to primary care practices in Colorado for this program. The key areas of focus align with the three priority initiatives identified by the Delivery System and Payment Reform Work Group: transitions of care, reducing ED utilization, and facilitating integrated, coordinated primary care.

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  • HealthTeamWorks provided practices both practice facilitator and CHITA support with the goal to improve the health of Coloradans by providing access to integrated physical and behavioral health care services in coordinated community systems, with value-based payment structures, for 80 percent of Colorado residents by 2019. We continued our engagement with the program and practices in fall 2017 for SIM Cohort-2.

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  • HealthTeamWorks is continuing the work that began with CPC. CPC+ is a five-year, national, advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based, multi-payer payment reform, and care delivery transformation.

    HealthTeamWorks supports the management of the National Learning Network component of a Learning System for CPC+. We work to capture and diffuse new knowledge among participating practices, payers (including CMS), and HIT vendors and to fully engage participating practices, payers, and other stakeholders to achieve the CPC+ aims of better health, better care, and smarter spending.

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  • HealthTeamWorks is continuing the work that began with CPC. CPC+ is a five-year, national, advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation.

    HealthTeamWorks provides local regional support to 172 designated CPC+ practices in eastern Colorado. CPC+ includes two primary care practice tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices in the U.S. Through CPC+, we deliver practices with a robust learning system, as well as actionable data feedback, to guide their decision making. The care delivery redesign ensures practices in each track have the infrastructure to deliver better care to result in a healthier patient population.

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  • HealthTeamWorks supports the ENSW program to serve up to 260 primary care practices across Colorado and New Mexico with practice transformation and quality improvement support, including on-site practice facilitation and coaching, expert consultation, shared learning collaboratives, and electronic health record support.

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  • Heartland CHC engaged HealthTeamWorks to conduct an assessment and provide recommendations related to optimizing patient access and experience within the clinic.

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  • HealthTeamWorks provides practice facilitation and coaching for this federally-funded support network for care teams to effectively navigate provider compensation changes coming soon as a result of the Medicare Quality Payment Program (also known as MACRA) and commercial insurance companies move to value-based payment. This program runs through 2019.

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  • HealthTeamWorks launched this advanced course to expand attendees’ knowledge of process and quality improvement, planning and implementing sustainable change initiatives, and influencing without authority.

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  • The Solutions Center, Your Go-To For How-To connects you to an online community of experts to learn, teach, and collaborate to optimize your staff, practice, system, or network performance.

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  • Learn more about the training here. This training will be among the first trainings located Kansas City.

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  • Learn more about the training here. This training will be among the first trainings located Kansas City.

Our Ever Evolving Vision

We are actively evolving our vision, services, and training programs to leverage our established expertise in systems transformation to reimagine and innovate our current approaches to care delivery. As healthcare payment reform accelerates, we are building upon lessons learned in clinical transformation to provide individual practices with new tools to continuously improve your clinical, financial, and business performance.

For clients in larger integrated delivery networks, we recognize the significant and important investment in moving toward a truly value-based delivery system, and we are providing new resources and services to help a successful transition from fee-for-service payment models to the new reality of value-based performance. Regardless of your end goal as a network on the volume-value continuum, a comprehensive view of current state and the path forward creates a significant advantage in strategic planning and implementation.

Stay tuned for new HealthTeamWorks milestones!

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