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Memorial Set For Christopher Lee, Recent HHAC Board Vice President

Christopher John Lee, former HHAC board vice president, died on June 7, 2021, suddenly of a heart attack at age 50.

Chris was born on August 26, 1970 to Jack and Jean Lee and raised in Marlboro, Massachusetts. His greatest joy in life was being a husband and father. He found the love of his life volunteering in Selma, Alabama with the Edmundite Mission Corps and continued to be very involved with this mission as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Edmundite Southern Missions. He graduated from St. Michaels College in Colchester, VT in 1993, where he found his lifelong crew of friends.

Chris married Katherine Carrane Lee (Katie) on July 6, 1996 in Colchester, VT, and they began their beautiful married journey together, starting in Vermont and finally arriving in Louisville, CO in November of 2000 where they settled and raised their three children, twin sons, Jack and Owen, and daughter, Lily. Chris loved being a family man, whether it was spending time with his family at home, on the bike trails with Owen, cheering on Jack at his baseball games, watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Lily, having a drink with Katie on the back deck, or a family trip to Disney World or even Ikea, he was happiest just being by their sides.

Only second to his family was Chris’s passion for all things active. The more rigorous the climb the better. From riding up Flagstaff mountain to the Wednesday morning BOD rides in Louisville with the Cycle Cross enthusiasts, he was a tremendous athlete and competitor and the absolute best companion to have on the roads or trails, always leading the way and encouraging others to keep going. He dedicated his professional life to helping others when he chose a career in healthcare that spanned over 25 years. Not only was he a whiz with technology, but he had the most sincere nature, always committed to his staff and concerned for the wellbeing of others.

His healthcare career began with IDX Healthcare Solutions in Vermont which led him to his tenure at SCL Health, which included opening the Medical Imaging Department at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, CO. The past five years he poured his heart into leading The Colorado Visiting Nurses Association as President and CEO, which gratefully led him to embarking on an exciting new chapter in his life, creating his business, Pro Solution Health, as an independent healthcare consultant.

Chris is survived by his wife, Katie; his three children, Jack, Owen and Lily; his parents Jack and Jean Lee; his brother Michael Lee (Chip); and his local family by marriage, Molly Carrane Pieper (Bryan); his niece Maggie and nephews, Jimmy and Rory. Please think of Chris when you raise a glass, go out for a ride, cheer your kids on at a game, watch a good movie and look up at the stars, he’s always with us in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a college scholarship fund for the Lee children at https://tinyurl.com/Leefund.

A Mass, open to all, will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, 898 14th Street, Boulder CO 80302 at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021.

 

Home Health Value Based Purchasing Data from CMMI

Findings-At-A-Glance Report (PDF)

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model - Fourth Annual Report (PDF)

 

New Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Frontline Healthcare Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed new requirements for frontline healthcare workers through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). These new worker safety protections closely follow the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare workers. In addition to the healthcare-focused ETS, OSHA will issue additional guidance to help protect workers who are not vaccinated in other industries.

The ETS was just posted and be found here

 

Study confirms that therapy makes a difference across all post-acute care populations

The Therapy Outcomes in Post-Acute Care Settings (TOPS) student, as reported previously, found that people who receive the highest amount of therapy intervention have the lowest re-hospitalization rates. People who receive the highest amount of therapy intervention have the highest improvement in function.

Conversely, people who receive the lowest amount of therapy intervention have the highest re-hospitalization rates. People who receive the lowest amount of therapy intervention have the least improvement in function. 

See APTA and AOTA Joint StatementTOPS Summary  and the new 
TOPS Chartbook which presents great data and graphics from the study
 

 

A New Guide on Universal Screening for Health-Related Social Needs from the Accountable Health Communities Model

Participants in the Accountable Health Communities Model use the Accountable Health Communities Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool to quickly identify health-related social needs, such as food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of access to transportation, among community-dwelling Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The Screening Tool enables staff to take the next step of connecting beneficiaries with community resources that can address their unmet needs. A new user guide can help health care or social service providers in a wide range of clinical settings use the Screening Tool. The guide also provides key insights for implementing universal screening for health-related social needs based on the experiences of organizations participating in the Accountable Health Communities Model.

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