What We’re Reading: Hot Topics in Health Care

May 7, 2019 by Mountain Family

By Mountain Family Health Centers

July 2019

Our hearts go out to family, friends, and co-workers of Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy and Gypsum Fire Protection District firefighter Taylor Esslinger. Please consider talking with a professional about how you’re feeling. Sheriff James Van Beek agrees, with this thoughtful column. Here are some good options for professional help:

  • Hope Center: 24-hour crisis line and in-person community support; Call 970-306-4673 (HOPE), or go to
  • Speak Up Reach Out: Suicide Prevention Coalition of Eagle County;
  • Colorado Crisis Line:, 1-844-493-8255; call, chat online, or text TALK to 38255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to for online chat support

June 2019

Mountain Family Health Centers was highlighted by the Opioid Response Network (STR-TA) for adding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with an opioid use disorder. The network helped Mountain Family establish how to offer the new treatment. Behavioral Health Provider Oyen Hoffman was interviewed about having a new way to treat opioid use disorders: “We all will feel as if we are a part of the solution and, quite literally, saving lives by preventing and reducing overdose deaths in our… area.”

You can read more about Mountain Family’s efforts to address opioid use disorder here, here, and here.

Congratulations, Chris Lindley, on joining Eagle County Behavioral Health! We’re excited about the new nonprofit and continuing efforts to expand behavioral health services for residents in Eagle County.

The Commonwealth Fund released a new State Health System Scorecard, which finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs hit all-time high. Overall, Colorado ranks 9th in the nation.

9News recently interviewed Nancy VanDeMark, Interim President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, about eight new mental health laws in our state (including impacts on the Western Slope). We recommend watching this two-minute video.

May 2019

We enjoyed a recent write-up by the Commonwealth Fund about the positive impact of Medicaid expansion. Here’s an excerpt: “Health centers in Medicaid expansion states, compared to those in nonexpansion (sic) states, were significantly more likely to report improvements in their financial stability (69% vs. 41%) and in their ability to provide affordable care to patients (76% vs. 52%) since the ACA took effect. They have also been somewhat more likely to operate under a value-based payment model, like the patient-centered medical home.” Click here to read the full report.

Colorado legislators passed several health care bills this year, including more than one effort to reduce the cost of insurance premiums. Click here to read an excellent piece by the Colorado Sun on what passed and how each measure is supposed to benefit Coloradans. (Select “Health Care” a little ways down the page in order to jump to that section.)


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