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HCAC Member Colorado Elder Care Solutions Rebrands as Family Tree in-Home Care

Posted: Aug. 15, 2018

DENVER -- Denver-based Colorado Elder Care Solutions (CECS) has entered into a definitive agreement to join Family Tree In-Home Care, a Genova Health company. The CECS transaction closed on Aug. 15, 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, CECS will offer home care and care management services under the Family Tree In-Home Care brand, as will Home Care Resources, which isn't an HCAC member. 

"We are confidently committed to serving the Colorado market and carrying on the legacy of these two storied companies. This enables us to firmly establish ourselves as the premier provider of home care and care management services in Denver, Colorado," stated Daniel Gottschalk, President of Family Tree and Genova Health. "We are proud to bring two exceptional companies together to work towards a shared mission."

"With over 40 years between them of faithfully serving older adults in the Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado Elder Care Solutions and Home Care Resources have each maintained a reputation as a top-tier provider of home care and care management services," stated Alex Bonetti, CEO of Family Tree and Genova Health. "Adding the years of experience and expertise at CECS and HCR to the team at Family Tree aligns with our strategy of investing in becoming the leading solution to serve clients wherever they call home. We're looking forward to working with our new colleagues from both teams to further our mission of providing Better Care. Better Health. Every Day."

"I am very excited to enter this new chapter in the evolution of Colorado Elder Care Solutions," shared Karen Buchanan, President of CECS. "When I formed CECS over 19 years ago to serve older adults in our Denver community, I never imagined how far we'd take it. Today, we've only just begun to realize our full potential. I've always held Shirley Jennett and the team at HCR in high esteem, and I'm thrilled to work alongside them and help lead our combined organization into the next chapter."

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Join The HCAC Education Committee!

Posted: August 14, 2018

We are looking for volunteers for the HCAC Education Committee. The committee meets the first Tuesday of  every month at 10am via teleconference. Join us and learn about the committee and get involved with the 2019 conference!

If interested or have questions please email [email protected] 

 

Call For Speaker Proposals Now Open For HCAC's Spring 2019 Conference

The Home Care Association of Colorado's Education Committee requests compelling speaker proposals for the 2019 Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The 2019 conference will be attended by hundreds of provider agencies in Colorado, Wyoming and adjacent states. An accompanying trade show will include interactive demonstrations from vendors from around the nation.

HCAC seeks the following:

  • Engaging keynote presenters who can enlighten our provider members in a time of great industry change
  • Breakout presenters addressing:
    • Private pay issues
    • Technology
    • Non-Medical issues
    • Regulatory and compliance
    • NEW FOR 2019: A one-day therapy track addressing the special needs of physical therapists and others practicing in a home-health setting
  • Pre-conference proposals for Wednesday afternoon. Pre-conference sessions typically each cover four hours and so are especially good for topics requiring a "deeper dive" in a workshop-style format. They require separate attendee registration.

What's needed

Submissions are expected to include a summary of Proposed Session (Note: this session description may be used in conference marketing and brochure; please limit to 150 words).

Additionally, three Learning Objectives must be provided. (Note: These learning objectives will be a critical component of granting education credit. Hint: Learning objectives should identify what the participant will get out of the session. Write objectives that complete one of these two sentences: (1) “By participating in this workshop, participants will . . .” or (2) “On completion of this session, participants will be able to . . .”)

HCAC's Education Committee will review the submissions after the Nov. 16 deadline and make its recommendations to HCAC's board. The association expects to announce the education schedule on or just after Jan. 1, 2019.

Submit Your Proposal Here!

 

 

New Groupings Model Disproportionately Affects Colorado Agencies

Posted: Aug. 10, 2018

The new CMS payment model disproportionately negatively affects Colorado providers vs. providers in other states.

The Home Care Association of Colorado encourages its members to check here to see the effects on their agencies by provider number (you must be signed in to view. Also, click here to see an analysis of the effects on Colorado. 

 

 

Colorado Delays EVV, But Not Dual Implementation

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018

Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy & Financing will delay the mandate by one year for Electronic Visit Verification, but the system will still go live in a soft launch on Jan. 1, 2019, and the state's earlier decision to implement for Personal Care and Home Health Services at the same time will not be affected. 

An EVV delay bill, H.R. 6042, recently was signed into law. The law delays the penalty of reduced Federal matching funds for EVV required services from Jan. 1, 2019 until Jan. 1, 2020.

"Colorado understands the Federal delay and intends to utilize additional time for implementation," the state said in a press release. "Accordingly, the Department will not mandate EVV on January 1, 2019."

"EVV remains a priority of the Department and we will continue to work diligently towards a successful system launch," the state added.

Additionally:

  • The Department is still scheduled to implement the Sandata Santrax solution Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Implementing the system as scheduled will allow additional time for EVV users to pilot the new solution before the mandate is effective January 1, 2020.
  • The Department is working on a delayed EVV timeline and will inform stakeholders of details over the next four to six weeks.
  • It is the Department’s intention to use extra time to continue stakeholder engagement, extend the pilot program, and implement a soft roll-out.
  • The Department currently hosts a monthly EVV stakeholder meeting and four sub- committees: System, Participant Direction, Privacy, and Training/Communications. These groups will continue to meet and work towards successful EVV implementation.
  • The Department encourages stakeholders to participate in these meetings.

The Home Care Association of Colorado is its members' partner in EVV implementation. Look to your association to continue to advocate for a responsible and easy-to-use system that works for all members. HCAC was instrumental in persuading the state to adopt an "open" model for EVV services as opposed to a "closed," or single vendor, model embraced by other states. 

HCAC is also making recordings of the working group and subcommittee meetings available to our members. You can view the latest meeting schedule here (you must be signed in as a member to view). 

Not a member? Join us!

 

 
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