Funder: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Author: Katherine Heflin and Anna Spencer, Center for Health Care Strategies

April 2017 | Technical Assistance Brief


The federal State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative is striving to achieve statewide multi-payer care delivery and payment reforms for roughly 80 percent of the population within participating states. To realize this goal, SIM states and territories are helping health care providers transform their practices to be more patient-centered, while improving patient outcomes and reducing health care spending.

Practice transformation assistance better prepares clinicians for new payment models that reward them for delivering coordinated and high-quality care. This brief describes practice transformation assistance activities and related efforts that four SIM states — Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Vermont — are offering to their provider communities. It details four broad areas of practice transformation assistance being used by states including: (1) tools and resources; (2) trainings; (3) learning collaboratives; and (4) direct assistance.

This resource was produced by CHCS with support from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. CHCS is part of team led by NORC at the University of Chicago that is serving as the State Innovation Model Resource Support Contractor.