Behavioral Health Study Uncovers Remarkable Results: Measurement-Based Care with Owl Reduces Behavioral Health Adverse Events, Slashes Costs for Colorado Medicaid Plan


Colorado Medicaid plan, certified community behavioral health clinic, and measurement-based care platform partner to analyze spend, utilization, and outcomes across patient cohorts and timelines over two years.

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Owl, a behavioral health technology company, today announced the results of a measurement-based care (MBC) impact study in collaboration with Colorado Access, the largest public sector health plan in Colorado, and Aurora Mental Health & Recovery, a certified community behavioral health clinic.

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Behavioral health study shows the power of MBC in improving patient care and outcomes while delivering cost savings.

The findings from this innovative behavioral health study underscore the transformative power of MBC in delivering enhanced patient care and clinical outcomes while concurrently delivering substantial cost savings.

By analyzing comprehensive claims data from Colorado Access and combining it with patient-reported outcomes data from Aurora Mental Health & Recovery, the study uncovered groundbreaking results. Patients who consistently used Owl for MBC achieved the following:

  • A 28% per member per month savings compared to the control group.
  • A 75% reduction in psychiatric in-patient admissions, while the control group showed no significant change.
  • A 63% reduction in psychiatric emergency room visits, while the control group showed no significant change.
  • A net estimated annual savings of $25 million when the Owl results are applied to the Colorado Access population of patients.

“The results from this measurement-based care impact study are astounding,” said Lindsay Cowee, senior director of behavioral health network performance at Colorado Access. “Not only are our members getting better, faster, we also see substantial cost-saving benefits.”

Aurora Mental Health & Recovery is a certified community behavioral health clinic on a mission to elevate the standards of behavioral health care. Their unwavering commitment to implementing MBC and using Owl as a transformative tool has yielded remarkable results. Clients under their care now experience a 56% faster time to remission.

Kathie Snell, chief strategy and operations officer at Aurora Mental Health & Recovery, elaborated, “Infusing measurement-based care into our practice allows our clinicians to use real-time data to directly impact treatment outcomes, resulting in better care for our clients.”

Owl and Colorado Access recently announced a partnership to provide the measurement-based care platform to more providers within the Colorado Access network. This partnership marks a significant stride in aligning providers and payers through data-driven insights, underscoring the power of measurement-based care in shaping the future of behavioral health care.

Cowee explained, “By having outcomes data in addition to HEDIS and other state process measures, we can directly incentivize the quality of services our providers are offering to our members. It’s powerful to understand what’s happening at the point of care, and we don’t get this information with other approaches.”

To learn more about the measurement-based care impact study visit

About Owl

Owl is a behavioral health digital solution that provides consistent data and insights to get patients better, faster. Providers efficiently deliver optimal treatment. Payers enhance network performance and lower the total cost of care. It’s measurement-based care–made easy. Learn more at

About Colorado Access

As the largest and most experienced public sector health plan in the state, Colorado Access is a nonprofit organization that works beyond just navigating health services. The company focuses on meeting members’ unique needs by partnering with providers and community organizations to provide better personalized care through measurable results. Their broad and deep view of regional and local systems allows them to stay focused on members’ care while collaborating on measurable and economically sustainable systems that serve them better. Learn more at

About Aurora Mental Health & Recovery

Aurora Mental Health & Recovery is a certified community behavioral health clinic dedicated to providing exceptional mental health and addiction treatment services to individuals and families in Aurora, Colorado. They’re committed to implementing measurement-based care to transform patient outcomes and elevate the standards of behavioral health care. Learn more at

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