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- What are the three most important things you’re working on?
- Why do you like working for DFM?
- What are your passions?
- What do you do away from work?
- Favorite band/music?
- Favorite movie and why?
- Something little-known but totally cool?
- Good Stuff is Going On!
- Why does this matter?
- Who is working on this?
- Benjamin Miller, Principal Investigator
- Polly Kurtz, Program Manager
- Emma Gilchrist, Professional Research Assistant
Did you know?? If you are traveling with colleagues on business, you may ONLY pay for YOURSELF. You cannot pay for shared anything – lodging, meals, taxis, etc. – for another person and then request reimbursement for one or both of you. Each employee has to pay for their own expenses and submit receipts for reimbursement. While it may seem easier to have one person pay for everyone’s lunch, the University’s reimbursement rules do not allow this.
Should you have any questions regarding this please contact Stephanie Livingston or another support staff member.
Lisa Martinez, Administrative Assistant for the Family Medicine Residency Program
Member of DFM since: March 2012. Previously she worked at Denver Health, supporting their Family Medicine Department.
What are the three most important things you’re working on?
Setting up dates for Resident reviews, working on budget spreadsheets and learning the new MedHub software.
Why do you like working for DFM?
I love working here because there is such a variety of what I do from day to day and I am very busy so the day goes by really quick.
What are your passions?
Customer service is my passion, and quality improvement in an office setting. On a personal level, my passion is studying the Bible, specifically the book of Revelations.
What do you do away from work?
I am the Director of Women’s Ministries at Harvest Church, as well as a staff member, and I teach Sunday school for kids ages 7-10. I love hiking, photography and teaching and empowering women.
Favorite movie and why?
The Wizard of Oz. I like it because it would come out right around Thanksgiving. It was a family tradition to sit down and watch it together. The movie is a classic and I have very fond memories of family enjoying quality time together.
Something little-known but totally cool?
I graduated from Bible College in 2011 and am a licensed minister.
SHAPE: Sustaining Healthcare Across integrated Primary care Efforts
- We aim to SHAPE the way care is delivered;
- We aim the SHAPE the way care is paid for; and,
- We aim to SHAPE the way a community receives care.
In partnership with Rocky Mountain Health Plans and the University of Colorado Denver Department of Family Medicine, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association will coordinate a project funded by the Colorado Health Foundation to evaluate a global payment methodology for primary care practices embracing an integrated model of care that includes behavioral health. For this three year initiative, the project team will select practices from the Western Colorado communities to test a global payment budget for financially sustaining integrated behavioral health care in primary care practices. Practice recruitment will begin this summer and the project should be underway by spring 2013.
This project has three main objectives:
- To determine if a global payment method will financially support and sustain behavioral health in primary care;
- To understand how different payment models will affect clinical models of integration and their related costs; and
- To test the real world application of a global payment methodology on primary care practices who have integrated behavioral health with the end goal to inform policy.
There are many definitions for global payment in healthcare. For purposes of this study, the global payment model includes the following elements:
- Risk adjusted prospective payment for defined period;
- Shared risk and accountability in budget, and quality targets between practices and payer; and
- Incentive opportunity for quality improvement in patient health outcomes.
Why does this matter?
Financially sustaining integrated behavioral healthcare is consistently listed as one of the most significant barriers for the field. Because mental and behavioral healthcare needs present in primary care more often than in any other setting, creating a payment model that can support such innovative and integrated care is needed;
In order to advance integrated primary care in healthcare policy, a better understanding of the costs, financial models, and impact on outcomes is critical; and, the traditional fee-for-service payment model values quantity of services over quality of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Global payment encourages better team-based care and collaboration, which can lead to improved quality and outcomes.
Who is working on this?
Benjamin Miller, Principal Investigator
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Click here for more on Ben…
Polly Kurtz, Program Manager
Ms. Kurtz is Executive Director of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and serves as an Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine. Polly spent the first 19 years of her career in southwest Missouri with Burrell Behavioral Health (and its former affiliate Cox Health Systems) in a variety of roles, including Deputy Director of Outpatient Services for SMI populations, Community Education Director, and Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Polly recently ran the Pikes Peak Ascent (13+ miles up to 14,000 feet) in 4:20:46!
Ms. Kurtz most recently served as the Executive Director for the University of Northern Colorado Foundation. With a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling and a Master of Business Administration, Ms. Kurtz is passionate about the application of sound business strategy and principles in non-profit environments.
Emma Gilchrist, Professional Research Assistant
Ms. Gilchrist is a researcher for the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.
When not working, Emma is busy exploring her new state!
Before moving to Colorado, she was the data collection coordinator for two asthma studies at the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Her research interests include chronic disease, mental health, and program evaluation.