What is the RAE?

The Accountable Care Collaborative is a statewide framework that empowers local leaders with resources and the flexibility they need to improve the health of all members of Helath First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) in their communities. It seeks to improve each individual’s experience of--and access to--health care. At the same time, it defines roles and establishes accountability for cost management and improved heath. 

Colorado is divided into seven Regional Accountability Entities (RAEs). Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) serves as the RAE for Region 1, which covers the 21 counties on the Western Slope plus Larimer County. We also serve some members through RMHP Prime. You can also see the map detailing the counties served under the RAE and RMHP Prime.

The RAEs are charged with creating community-wide systems for effective care management. 

The RAE for Region 1 includes:

  • the services previously performed by RMHP as the Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO), including the primary care medical provider network and care coordination services;
  • the services previously performed by the regional Behavioral Health Organization (BHO), including managing covered services under the Medicaid Capitated Behavioral Health Benefit;
  • the Western Colorado payment reform initiative known as RMHP Prime; and
  • additional services to support whole person care, including activities to address social determinants of health.

The RAE provides data, analytics, expertise, organizational support and financing to help practices coordinate care for Health First Colorado clients and integrate behavioral health, public health and human services. The RAEs and Health First Colorado work with providers to accelerate development of comprehensive primary care and create better communication processes across health care specialties.