Medicaid Delivery Innovation Event to Be Held in Colorado Springs

Aug 27, 2015, 15:15 ET from Community Health Partnership

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hackathon: "Hacking Medicaid" Friday, October 23—Saturday, October 24 Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO.

Health care leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers and forward thinkers are invited to attend the nation's first ever "Hacking Medicaid" Hackathon on October 23—24th in Colorado Springs. The cost is $75 and participants can register online at The Hacking Medicaid Event is modeled after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Hacking Medicine Program and a team from MIT will help facilitate the event. The event includes prize $ up to $10,000 to fund a pilot of the winning concept.

Community Health Partnership (CHP), which operates Community Care of Central Colorado, a Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO) for Medicaid members in Colorado Springs, is pioneering the effort to bring innovation and transformation to Medicaid delivery.

"This event is designed to bring creative minds together both inside and outside the health care field to find innovative solutions around some of the complex challenges with the current Medicaid system," Dr. Joel Dickerman, DO, Chief Medical Officer at Community Health Partnership, said.

MIT's Hacking Medicine program is a student-led organization that is developing solutions to some of medicine's toughest problems.

The challenges this event plans to hack are tied to three main areas related to those receiving Medicaid: Patient engagement, Care coordination and Behavioral health and integrated care. More than one million Coloradans and more than 71 million individuals nationwide are enrolled in Medicaid, which is the primary health insurance program for those with low incomes.

Understanding "Hackathons"

A hackathon is an event, often spanning a period of days, in which a diverse group of individuals (clinicians, entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers) come together to solve a complex problem, usually under a general theme. The hackathon meeting format is high-energy and solution-driven. It came from the technology industry and has been adapted for health care by the team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Hacking Medicaid program, which has led more than three dozen events worldwide. Information about MIT's Hacking Medicine program is available at

The health care hackathon takes participants through a brainstorming process and facilitates the formation of small teams. The teams work together during the event to innovate solutions to health care's toughest challenges. At the end of the event, teams will present their solutions to participants and a panel of judges and will compete for prize money plus potential opportunities to pilot their concepts.

The Hacking Medicaid Event, which is open to the public, will bring together some of the brightest minds in medicine along with business people, entrepreneurs, engineers, social workers, patients, students, techies and innovators from around Colorado and across the county. Tickets will be available on July 10 on the event website at

About Community Health Partnership

CHP is a member-based community coalition whose enduring purpose is to improve the health of the community through collaboration. CHP members know each other well, are open to new ways of working together and are not afraid to take chances. The coalition is built on a foundation of trust and respect aligned with mutual values and goals.

About Community Care of Central Colorado

Community Care of Central Colorado, a program of CHP, is the Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO) for Medicaid members of all ages in El Paso, Elbert, Park and Teller Counties. Community Care works with regional health care providers to provide patient-centered medical homes and care coordination for members, keeping costs down in ways that make sense for both members and medical providers.

Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Available

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Memorial Hospital: University of Colorado Health and Community Health Partnership.


SOURCE Community Health Partnership