Colorado Access Selects Owl to Advance Quality and Reduce Costs in Behavioral Healthcare

AURORA, Colo., Sept. 26, 2023 ~ Colorado Access, the largest and most experienced public sector health plan in Colorado, has partnered with Owl, a behavioral health technology company, to help providers deliver more effective and efficient treatment.

The partnership is designed to address the rising need for access to effective and affordable care by integrating measurement-based care into the health plan's offerings. Through Owl's platform, select providers in the Colorado Access network can easily deploy clinical measures to patients, allowing them to report their symptoms prior to appointments. This data enables providers to determine the optimal level and duration of treatment, which opens more appointments to increase patient access.

Dana Pepper, vice president of performance and network services at Colorado Access said: "With Owl, our members are more engaged in their behavioral health outcomes—proven to lead to dramatic savings across the healthcare spectrum. We'll also create a strong alignment and collaboration with our behavioral healthcare providers, giving them the confidence that their treatment plans are effective and supported by tangible results."

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A recent impact study analyzed client spend, utilization, and outcomes from a provider group in the Colorado Access network that uses Owl for measurement-based care. The results demonstrated that consistent use of Owl has a clinical impact on adverse events while reducing cost including: 75% reduction in psychiatric inpatient admits; 63% reduction in emergency room visits; 28% per member per month savings; an estimated annual savings of $25M for Colorado Access.

Eric Meier, chief executive officer of Owl said: "Owl is excited to join forces with Colorado Access to elevate behavioral health services across the state. We applaud Colorado Access' commitment to bringing measurement-based care to their providers. Our partnership will help the growing number of people who need behavioral health services get better, faster."

The partnership between Owl and Colorado Access marks a significant step forward in using measurement-based care to align providers and payers on behavioral health outcomes data. Together they are paving the way in demonstrating the value of behavioral health treatments thus becoming the basis for value-based care.
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