Site Visit

Mission Possible? Maintaining the Safety Net in Urban and Rural Colorado
August 20–22, 2001


Karen Matherlee


This site visit examined urban safety-net concerns in Denver and rural safety-net issues in three communities in the eastern part of Colorado. The Denver segment featured Denver Health, an integrated health system that provides a continuum of services to diverse vulnerable populations. It explored delivery and financing issues for the system itself and in relation to payers, providers, and consumers (particularly through Community Voices) in its catchment area. The eastern Colorado segment focused on delivery and financing issues in Rocky Ford (community health center/migrant health services concerns), Limon (certified rural health center topics), and Hugo (critical-access hospital matters). The visit also probed the interactions between urban and rural payers and providers relative to communication, coordination, and referral.

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For details on participants' impressions, see the Site Visit Report.

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