Exploring Collaborative Initiatives: Kaiser Permanente and Colorado Community Health Network

Dates: 2011-2013

State: Colorado

Client(s): Kaiser Permanente

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform


Under health care reform and the changing health care landscape, collaboration and integration are increasingly important as strategies for sustainability. Kaiser Permanente (KP) and the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), Colorado's Primary Care Association, recognized this and decided to engage in discussions regarding the potential for a shared delivery system between KP and Colorado's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). KP and CCHN contracted with JSI to support their efforts.

Initially, KP and CCHN identified shared principles and values and increased their mutual understanding. Subsequently, both organizations explored the underpinnings of each others service delivery model and discussed the requirements that would be necessary for Health Insurance Exchange products and Accountable Care Organizations. To ensure that the discussions moved forward, JSI's activities included: 1) the preparation and analysis of data regarding unmet need, payer mix, quality, and geographic coverage for KP and CCHN and 2) an evaluation of two models of integration between KP and safety net delivery systems in Colorado. The results of the evaluation will inform the shared service delivery model.