What to Expect at the 2018 Prime Health Summit

Join us on May 10 for the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit, the premier gathering of Colorado’s healthcare technology ecosystem. Register to attend now!

On May 10, Prime Health and the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) will host the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit. Attended by clinicians, executives, and entrepreneurs from across the state, the summit is the premier gathering of Colorado’s healthcare technology ecosystem.

The Prime Health Innovation Summit will cover topics like data liquidity, patient engagement, and value-based care. It will feature talks by leading figures in Colorado’s healthcare industry, including Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.  Most importantly, it will give our community the chance to work together to improve care for people throughout the state.

From the panel discussions to the keynote speakers, here’s your guide to the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit: Enhancing Care Coordination Through Digital Health.

The Role of Entrepreneurs in Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap

Nicole McNew, Executive Director of Prime Health, and Mary Anne Leach, Director of the Office of eHealth Innovation, will deliver the opening remarks. McNew and Leach will discuss the role that entrepreneurs will play in Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap.

Medicaid’s Priorities for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, will deliver the morning keynote. The former chairwoman of Cigna Healthcare of Colorado will detail Medicaid’s priorities for innovation, and describe how entrepreneurs can collaborate with one of the nation’s largest payers.

Care Coordination: Orchestrating Services across the Continuum of Care

Achieving a better patient experience starts with understanding the journey of both the patient and the caregiver. Moderated by Lauren Ambrozic, Executive Director of Colorado Prevention Alliance, this panel will examine how healthcare organizations are working with communities to create a more holistic patient experience.


  • Kathryn Jantz, ACHM Director, Rocky Mountain Health Plan
  • Cindy Wilbur, Community Resource Network Director, Quality Health Network
  • Gary Drews, CEO, 9Health Fair
  • Robyn Dietz, Director of Account Management, CirrusMD

Data Liquidity: The Centerpoint of Population Health Management

This panel will explore how data can be leveraged to identify high-risk patients and coordinate care across primary care, specialists, and behavioral health settings. Sarah Nelson, Director of business technology at the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services, will moderate.


  • Patrick Gordon, Vice President, Rocky Mountain Health Plan
  • Robert Denson, Chief Information Officer, CORHIO
  • Jason McRoy, Director of Business Operations, Boulder County
  • Ako Quammie, Healthcare Information Technology Program Manager, Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
  • Marc Lassaux, Chief Technology Officer, Quality Health Network

The State of Colorado Health Innovation

In her keynote address at the summit, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne will discuss the state of health innovation in Colorado and her vision for the future.

Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne addresses the attendees of last year’s Prime Health Innovation Summit.

Virtual Health: The Future of Healthcare Delivery

Peter Antall, Chief Medical Officer of American Well, and Todd Evenson, Chief Operating Officer of Medical Group Management Association, will discuss trends in the adoption of virtual care platforms and products across Colorado and the United States.

Using Technology Wisely: How technology helps providers integrate care in Colorado

Barbara Martin, Director of the Colorado State Innovation Model, will facilitate a high-level discussion on how technology can help or hinder a practice’s integration efforts. Panelists will talk about challenges to implementing technology for practices of all sizes and discuss how entrepreneurs can pave the way for better adoption across the health system spectrum.


  • Rachel Dixon, Director of Telehealth, AccessCare
  • Dr. Debra Boeldt, Program Manager, National Mental Health Innovation Center
  • Catherine Morrisey, QI Project Manager, Colorado Access

The Potential for Blockchain

Eric Kintner, Partner at Snell & Wilmer, and Morgan Honea, CEO of CORHIO, will explore the potential for blockchain technology across the healthcare industry while offering their perspectives on the barriers that persist from a legal and economic standpoint.

Paying for It All: Trends in Value-Based Reimbursement Models

When it comes to lowering costs while improving quality of care, what are payers looking for? Moderated by healthcare consultant Bill Lindsay, this panel will examine the latest thinking and the newest trends in payment reform among both private and public stakeholders.


  • Jed Ziegenhagen, Director for the Office of Community Living, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Scott Keim, Executive Director of Strategy and Operations & Accountable Care Solutions for the Western US, Aetna
  • Elizabeth Basket, Executive Director, Colorado Community Health Alliance
  • Bob Smith, Executive Director, Colorado Business Group on Health
  • Rick Lewis, EMS Bureau Chief, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority

Stick around after the panels for a Fiesta Happy Hour with Redox!

The 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit is only a few weeks away! Register to attend now!

MGMA releases “Telehealth: Adoption + Best Practices,” a guide for medical groups

Text “PRIME” to 33550 to join MGMA Stat and receive access to the full report.

As consumer interest in telehealth services continues to increase, medical groups are paving the way by implementing these services in their practices. To help these practices, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released the MGMA Research & Analysis Report: Telehealth: Adoption + Best Practices.

According to a January 2018 MGMA Stat poll, more than 40 percent of medical groups state they are currently or are planning to offer telehealth services this year – indicating a significant number of medical groups are looking to adopt this technology. This follows recent research suggesting that consumers are increasingly interested in telehealth services and that a large majority of all patient visits do not require face-to-face interaction and could be done safely via virtual encounter.

These telehealth insights are among those examined by MGMA, whose members deliver nearly half of the healthcare in the United States. Throughout 2017 and early 2018, MGMA conducted research, including a survey, several polls and qualitative interviews, on the topic of telehealth in order to develop the MGMA Research & Analysis Report: Telehealth: Adoption + Best Practices. The report outlines a number of models that can help medical practices plan, implement, and operate telehealth services. It also details adoption trends, implementation challenges and tips, best practices, billing and reimbursement resources, onboarding checklists, and case studies.

“Understanding the drivers of telehealth services, as well as the operating requirements, will help ensure successful adoption of these services,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, CMPE, MGMA President and Chief Executive Officer. “Equally important, we must understand how healthcare consumers embrace telehealth services. Nearly two-thirds of patients would like their primary care provider to offer telehealth, so we need to get better at providing these services as an industry.”

The report also explores how practice leaders navigate the staffing, technological, and financial realities. Beyond possible new revenue, telehealth is generating ROI by reducing risk, lowering costs, increasing patient satisfaction and retention, and providing options for rural coverage.

“It’s not all about increasing revenues – in many cases, the work we are doing in telehealth is allowing our health system to save money by reducing risk,” said Chris Meyer, director of Marshfield Clinic Virtual Health. “As health systems start assuming more risk and enter capitation models with payers, they will need to find lower-cost ways to care for patients and, more importantly, find ways to keep patients healthy to reduce unnecessary visits. Using telehealth to remotely manage a chronically ill patient may show an ROI without ever generating a single penny of reimbursement.”

Even with the growing number of practices adopting telehealth, challenges remain. According to the report, barriers preventing the wider adoption of telehealth services in medical practices include high implementation costs, the required change in workflow, applications that don’t apply to all specialties, payer reimbursement policies not keeping pace with the technology, issues with clinician licensure, and concerns with medical liability.

Other key findings:

  • Service adoption trends suggest that organizations are most likely to implement because of wider geographical coverage, patient satisfaction, and access to specialists.
  • Practice leaders cite the primary reason their organizations have not added telehealth services as not knowing how to get reimbursed for these services.
  • Practices that have adopted telehealth services espouse the relative ease of getting patients to understand and accept telehealth.

The MGMA Research & Analysis Report: Telehealth: Adoption + Best Practices was delivered in partnership with American Well. The full report can be found at https://www.mgma.com/resources/resources/products/telehealth-adoption-and-best-practices-an-mgma.


Questions for the qualitative interviews were developed by MGMA. Respondents are experts in the field of healthcare who have either implemented telehealth into their organizational structure or those in the process of doing so. The qualitative interviews were conducted between August and November 2017 by MGMA’s research and editorial teams over the phone, in person or via video conferencing.

Questions for the MGMA Telehealth Survey were developed by MGMA. Respondents were the MGMA Stat panel, a group of medical practice leaders who participate in MGMA’s weekly polling initiative. The survey launched on Nov. 2, 2017, and closed on Nov. 10, 2017. The survey was completed by a total of 131 healthcare leaders in the United States.