Improving Communications and Readmissions (iCARE) 


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Improving Communication and Readmissions (iCARE)

Avoidable readmission rates and transitions in care have come under close scrutiny by payers and policymakers because of the potential of high savings associated with them. Tackling this issue is an opportunity to improve quality and reduce costs in the health care system. Although readmission rates among Colorado CAHs, by virtue of their volume, may be small, there is opportunity for our state to stay ahead of national trends, spotlight the great services Colorado’s CAHs and rural clinics are providing, make improvements in processes that will help maintain low readmission rates and continue to showcase the hospital and clinic’s status as a leaders in their community.

CRHC’s iCARE is supported through the receipt of the Federal HRSA Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grant, CFDA 93.241; Award 2 H54RH00056-12-00, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Disease Grant Program.

iCARE Goals

The three primary goals of CRHC’s iCARE project are to:

1.  Improve communications in transitions of care
2.  Improve the clinical process and systems to reduce readmissions, particularly for heart failure, pneumonia, and diabetes patients
3.  Maintain low readmission rates


iCARE Benefits:

iCARE participants set an individual goal related to one of the three goals listed above relevant to their CAH and clinic. As a participant, resources are available to assist you in setting goals and implementing the changes you would like to see at your facility and in your community while at the same time improving quality, reducing costs and improving patient satisfaction.

Free technical assistance and training in Quality Improvement Practices
Free resources including roadmaps, templates/checklists, education, and monthly webinars
Peer networking with other CAHs and clinics to share lessons learned, successes and barriers
Opportunity to enhance process efficiencies, improve patient satisfaction
Opportunity to increase public awareness of your facility and its services
Opportunity to align with state and federal initiatives including the Triple Aim, federal FLEX funding goals, MBQIP, and CAH Conditions of Participation
Opportunity to showcase your facility’s accomplishments at a state and national level

Participant Expense

Member: Free

Nonmember: Free, inquire for eligibility

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CRHC would like to recognize those facilities participating in the iCARE project:


Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center (Family Health West)
Conejos County Hospital (San Luis Valley Health)
Estes Park Medical Center
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (Middle Park Medical Center)
Lincoln Community Hospital
Melissa Memorial Hospital
Mt. San Rafael Hospital
Pagosa Springs Medical Center (Upper San Juan Health Service District)
Pioneers Hospital (Eastern Rio Blanco County Health Service District)
Prowers Medical Center
Rangely District Hospital
Rio Grande Hospital
Sedgwick County Health Center
Southeast Colorado Hospital
Southwest Memorial Hospital
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (Huerfano County Hospital District)
The Memorial Hospital at Craig
Yuma District Hospital


Akron Clinic
Antonito Medical Clinic
Balanced Rock Foot and Ankle
Buena Vista Health Center
Creede Family Practice
Estes Park Medical Group
Family Practice of Holyoke
Flagler Clinic
Gordon Clinic
La Jara Medical Clinic
Lamar Medical Clinic
Lincoln Community Clinic
Meeker Family Health Center
Middle Park Medical Center at Granby
Middle Park Medical Center at Kremmling
Monte Vista Medical Clinic
Mt. San Rafael Hospital Clinic
North Park Medical Clinic, Walden
Pagosa Mountain Clinic
Rangely Family Medicine
Rio Grande Hospital (Del Norte) Clinic
Rio Grande Hospital (South Fork) Clinic
Southeast Colorado Physician’s Office
Southwest Medical Group- Chestnut Street
Southwest Medical Group- Market Street
Southwest Medical Group- Elm Street
Southwest Medical Group- Mancos Valley
Spanish Peaks Family Clinic, Walsenburg
The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic
The Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic
Valley Medical Clinic, Julesburg
Yuma Clinic