Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative


House Bill 19-1233 established a Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative (the Collaborative) led by the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI).



The Collaborative focuses on developing strategies for increased investments in primary care that deliver the right care in the right place at the right time, and advise in the development of affordability standards and targets for carrier investments in primary care. Created through HB 19-1233 and convened by the Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has been meeting since July of 2019 to develop recommendations aimed at increasing investments in high-quality primary care. Increased investment can lead to better access, and access to primary care is a key part of our health care system. 


Colorado Multi-Stakeholder Symposium - June 2023

On June 30, 2023 , the Colorado Division of Insurance hosted a Multi-Stakeholder Symposium, in partnership with the University of Colorado Practice Innovation Program. This even brought together  payers, providers and practice staff to build relationships, find common values, and work toward healthcare payment models that work for all stakeholders – patients, physicians, advanced practice providers, health systems, payers, employers and patients. To achieve the goal of improved care at a lower cost with an improved experience of care by patients and health care teams, extensive collaboration will be essential. A goal of the Multi-Stakeholder Symposium was to align payers, both public and private, around alternative payment models that enable primary care to deliver Advanced Primary Care. A final report, summarizing key themes from meeting, is available in English and in Spanish, by clicking on the boxes below. Recordings of panel discussions are available on the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine Practice Innovation Program website. 

CO Multi-Stakeholder Symposium Report - English           CO Multi-Stakeholder Symposium Report - Spanish


House Bill 22-1325 Implementation

On May 18, 2022, Governor Polis signed HB 22-1325 into law, which directs the DOI to establish aligned parameters for primary care alternative payment models (APMs) in partnership with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Department of Personnel, the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative (PCPRC), and health insurance carriers and providers participating in APMs. 

Prior to developing and promulgating a rule to establish aligned APM parameters (by December 1, 2023), the Division is engaging with a broad array of stakeholders. If you are interested in adding your name to the stakeholder engagement email distribution list for HB 22-1325 implementation, please send your name and contact information to Tara Smith, the Division's Primary Care and Affordability Director (tara.smith@state.co.us).

*  *  *  For additional information regarding the HB22-1325 implementation, please visit the Division's HB22-1325: Primary Care Alternative Payment Models webpage. *  *  *

2023 Meetings


2023 Meeting Calendar for the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative

2024 Meeting Calendar for the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative

Until further notice, all Collaborative meeting will be REMOTE ONLY - please register for upcoming meetings in 2023 and 2024 using the following links: 


Register for December 14, 2023 Collaborative Meeting

Register for 2024 Collaborative Meetings

December 14, 2023

Agenda coming soon

November 9, 2023

Agenda - 11.9.23

Slide deck - 11.9.23

DRAFT meeting minutes - 11.9.23

Building The Community-Based Mental Health Workforce To Expand Access To Treatment - Health Affairs 10.24.19

Navigating the Path to Effective, Equitable, and Evidence-Based Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment - JAMA Network 10.18.23

October 12, 2023

Agenda - 10.12.23

Slide deck - 10.12.23

DRAFT meeting minutes - 10.12.23

Effectiveness of Social Needs Screening and Interventions in Clinical Settings on Utilization, Cost, and Clinical Outcomes: A Systematic Review - Health Equity, 2022

CBO-Health Plan Contracting Under CalAIM and the Competitive Social Market - Health Affairs Forefront, Aug 2023

Social Risk Factors and Desire for Assistance Among Patients Receiving Subsidized Health Care Insurance in a US-Based Integrated Care Delivery System - Annals of Family Medicine, March/April 2022

Improving Linkages to Comprehensive Care for People at Risk of Overdose: A Toolkit for Maryland Providers and Community Members - APPENDIX A (Pgs 37-42) - ASTHO and MD Dept of Health 

Addressing Key Barriers to Value-Based Payment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment and Recovery: Current Gaps and Opportunities for Advancing Quality Measurement - Meeting Summary, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, Oct 2021

New Methadone Treatment Regulations Should be Complemented by Payment and Financing Reform - Health Affairs, June 2023

September 14, 2023

Agenda - 9.16.23

Slide deck - 9.16.23

Estimated Costs of Intervening in Health-Related Social Needs Detected in Primary Care- JAMA Aug 2023

Addressing Health-Related Social Needs- Costs and Optimism- JAMA Aug 2023

Health Systems and Social Services-  A Bridge Too Far- JAMA Health Forum 8.17.23

Community Health Center Staff Perspectives on Financial Payments for Social Care- Milbank Quarterly 8.21.23

August 10, 2023

Agenda - 8.10.23

Slide deck - 8.10.23

DRAFT meeting minutes - 8.10.23

Pay For What Matters To Patients- A Whole Health Population-Based Payment Approach- Health Affairs July 2023

Valuing America's Health- Aligning Financing to Award Better Health and Well-Being- Introduction- NASEM 2023

Implementing Whole-Person Primary Care- Results from a Year-Long Learning Collaborative- JABFM July 2023

July 13, 2023

Agenda - 7.13.23

Slide deck - 7.13.23

DRAFT meeting minutes - 7.13.23

Behavioral Health Integration - PCPRC Discussion Questions - 7.13.23

Meeting Menti results- 7.13.23

June 8, 2023

Agenda - 6.8.23

Slide deck - 6.8.23

Meeting minutes - 6.8.23

A Framework for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care - Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, Practice Innovation Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Well Being Trust, June 2022

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Better Care and Health for the Whole Person - AHIP Issue Brief, February 2022

The State of Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health in the United States - Robert Graham Center and Health Landscape, 2022

The Colorado Multi-Payer Collaborative: A Framework for Integration of Whole-Person Care - Milbank Memorial Fund issue Brief, June 2022

May 11, 2023

Agenda - 5.11.23

Slide deck - 5.11.23

Meeting minutes - 5.11.23

Scaling Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Wading through the Complexity to Tackle a Decades-Old Challenge - Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, March 2023

Association of Integrating Mental Health Into Pediatric Primary Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers With Utilization and Follow-up Care - JAMA, April 26, 2023

Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care - Commonwealth Fund, December 14, 2022

Colorado Multi-Payer Collaborative: Lessons Learned for Primary Care Improvement - Milbank Memorial Fund, April 2023

April 13, 2023

Agenda - 4.13.23

Slide deck - 4.13.23

Meeting minutes - 4.13.23

Corporate Investors in Primary Care - Profits, Progress, and Pitfalls - NEJM, 1.12.23

Sick Profit: Investigating Private Equity's Stealthy Takeover of Health Care Across Cities and Specialties - Kaiser Health News, 11.14.22

Mitigating the Price Impacts of Health Care Provider Consolidation - Milbank, Sept 2021

Accountable Care in 2023: Evolving Terminology, Current State, and Priorities - Health Affairs, 2.24.23

Differences in Use of Services and Quality of Care in Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare, 2010 and 2017 - Health Affairs, April 2023

Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) Final Rule - Milliman, 2.8.23

March 9, 2023

Agenda - 3.9.23

Slide deck - 3.9.23

Meeting minutes - 3.9.23

February 9, 2023

Agenda - 2.9.23

Slide deck - 2.9.23

Meeting minutes - 2.9.23

2022 Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative Full Draft Report 2.3.23

January 12, 2023

Agenda - 1.12.23

Slide deck - 1.12.23

Meeting minutes - 1.12.23

2022 Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative Full Draft Report 1.6.23



What does the Collaborative do?

In addition to focusing on the development of strategies for increased investments in primary care leading to delivery of the right care in the right place at the right time, the Collaborative is working towards strategies that:

  • Reduce health care costs resulting in net savings;
  • Are evidence-based and provide incentives for value rather than volume;
  • Are adequate to sustain infrastructure to deliver advanced primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, and accessible;
  • Direct resources to the patient and practice level that expand the capacity of the primary care system to equitably meet the health needs of patients; and
  • Sustain advanced primary care delivery models.

The Collaborative also works with various groups and organizations, while developing other recommendations and reports regarding primary care. At a high level, the Collaborative engages in the following:


  • Consult with the Department of Personnel, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and the Colorado All-Payer Claims Database (APCD);
  • Advise in the development of broad based affordability standards and targets for carrier investments in primary care;
  • Coordinate with the APCD to analyze the percentage of medical expenses allocated to primary care by insurers, Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+);
  • Develop a recommendation to the Insurance Commissioner on the definition of primary care for these purposes;
  • Report on current health insurer practices and methods of reimbursement that direct greater health care resources and investments toward health care innovation and care improvement in primary care;

  • Identify barriers to the adoption of alternative payment models by health insurers and providers and develop recommendations to address these barriers;
  • Develop recommendations to increase the use of alternative payment models that are not fee-for-service in order to:
    • Increase investment in advanced primary care delivered by practices that are Patient Centered Medical Homes or practices that have demonstrated ability to provide high-quality primary care;
    • Align primary care reimbursement by all consumers;
    • Direct investment toward higher-value primary care services with an aim at reducing health disparities;
  • Consider how to increase investment in advanced primary care without increasing costs to consumers or increasing the total cost of health care; and
  • Develop and share best practices and technical assistance to health insurers and consumers.

Participants in the Collaborative are asked to commit 4-6 hours per month. Additional information regarding the Collaborative's administrative operations are outlined in the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative's Standard Operating Procedures and Rules of Order.


Current Collaborative Members

Polly Anderson - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Brandon Arnold - Health Insurer , Denver Metro Area

Josh Benn - Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration

Isabel Cruz - Health Care Consumer, Denver Metro Area

Patrick Gordon - Health Insurer Representative, Western Slope

John Hannigan - Acting Regional Director, Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Steve Holloway - Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Lauren Hughes - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Rajendra Kadari - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Anne Ladd - Health Care Consumer and Purchaser, Mountain and Southwest Colorado

Cassana Littler - Primary Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Amanda Massey - Health Insurer, Denver Metro Area

Miranda Ross - Health Insurer, Denver Metro Area

Lisa Rothgery - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Amy Scanlan - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Jack Teter - Health Care Provider, Denver Metro Area

Patricia Valverde - Health Care Consumer, Denver Metro Area

Peter Walsh - Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Past Meeting Materials


2022 Meetings
December 7, 2022
November 17, 2022
October 21, 2022
September 15, 2022
August 10, 2022
July 14, 2022
June 14, 2022
May 12, 2022
April 13, 2022
March 17, 2022
February 15, 2022
February 3, 2022

2021 Meetings
Dec. 7, 2021
Nov. 17, 2021
Oct. 14, 2021
Sept. 13, 2021
Aug. 12, 2021
July 12, 2021
June 15, 2021
May 13, 2021
April 13, 2021
March 8, 2021
Feb. 9, 2021
Jan. 19, 2021

2020 Meetings
Dec. 7, 2020
Nov. 19, 2020
Nov. 2, 2020
Oct. 13, 2020
Sept. 21, 2020
Sept. 1, 2020
Aug. 10, 2020
July 7, 2020
June 11, 2020
May 18, 2020
April 29, 2020
March 17, 2020
Feb. 27, 2020
Jan. 14, 2020

2019 Meetings
Dec. 12, 2019
Dec. 2, 2019
Nov. 12, 2019
Oct. 22, 2019
Sept. 30, 2019
Sept. 10, 2019
Aug. 19, 2019
July 31, 2019
July 8, 2019

For more information about the Collaborative, contact Tara Smith, Primary Care and Affordability Director - tara.smith@state.co.us; 720-701-0081.