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This year’s 3rd annual We Can! Back to School Family 5k and Field Day will be held on Saturday, August 4th at 9am and will be sponsored by several of the PCP divisions.
For those that may not know, We Can! Mesa County is the primary obesity program for families in Mesa County. Our program provides parents with tools, fun activities, and ideas to help encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time for the entire family.
The event will kick off with a 5k Family Fun Run/Walk and will be followed by family field day events. This year we have a Circus theme and will have a “main stage” with events such as Limbo, Hula-Hoop, Vegetable Walk, and many more fun activities! Our goal is not only to raise funds to allow the We Can! Program to continue serving Mesa County but to encourage families to have fun while engaging in physical activity.
Primary Care Partners accepted into CO State Innovation Model
Denver – June 2018 – Primary Care Partners was accepted into the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded, governor’s office initiative that helps primary care providers deliver whole-person care. Primary Care Partners has six divisions that were accepted into the federally funded, governor’s office initiative, which runs through July 2019.
“SIM providers in these cohorts must focus on the entire patient, which means addressing mind, body and mental wellness,” said Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer, who has many years of leadership experience in the health care sector. “That complete approach to health is what makes the SIM initiative is so valuable. Patients get the care they need when they need it, and providers learn how to succeed with new payment models. It’s a great example of meaningful reform in our state.”
Patients interviewed by SIM staff notice and appreciate the work done by practices. “It’s powerful for me, as a patient, to land somewhere I feel well taken care of,” said Mary Catherine Conger, a patient at Roaring Fork Family Practice, during a SIM podcast (https://bit.ly/2nzuieO).
Colorado was the only state (out of 11 selected for a SIM model test award) to focus on integrated behavioral and physical health care supported by public and private payers as its primary goal. The initiative helps providers progress along an integrated care path continuum that might start with referrals and could lead to co-location of behavioral and physical health professionals in primary care settings. Integrated care improves patient outcomes, reduces health care costs and enhances provider morale. About 1,847 SIM providers in cohorts 1-2 deliver care during 3,342,018 annual patient visits.
The efforts also benefit providers. “It’s energizing to give the kind of care you envision instead of being frustrated every day,” said Gary Knaus, MD, Roaring Fork Family Practice, a SIM cohort-1 practice. “Somewhere in your gut you feel like, ‘God, I could do better.’”
SIM launched with 100 practice sites in 2016, added 155 practices in 2017 and will help about 25% of the state’s primary care sites and four community mental health centers deliver whole-person care.
Colorado will receive $65 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement this model for health care innovation, which is expected to save or avoid $126.6 million in health care costs for CMS with a 1.95 return on investment during its four-year time frame.
Therapeutic Botox refers to the use of Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) for relief of migraine headaches and neck pain that causes headaches. In these diagnostic situations, the drug works by not only relaxing muscles that may spasm, but through other mechanisms as well. The Botox can also block stinging impulses that travel to effected painful areas, as well as deactivating natural chemicals produced by the brain that cause migraine headaches.
What is the cost?Botox is a nationally recognized treatment for prevention of migraine headaches and chronic head pain. Most private insurances cover the Botox drug, however, there likely will be a fee for the administration of the product. For more information on coverage for this treatment, call your insurance company today and ask for an explanation of benefits.
Am I A Candidate?If you experience 15 or more head pain days in one month and these headaches last for 4 hours or longer, you could be a candidate for this treatment. As your primary care provider for a referral today!
5 Things to Know About Botox Treatment1. It prevents headaches and migraines before they even start!2. It’s given every 12 weeks3. It’s a small needle4. It’s injection by a Botox specialist5. It takes about 20 minutes
Make an appointment at:Tabeguache Family and Sports Medicine – 970-256-5201 orWestern Colorado Physicians Group – 970-241-6011