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Time To Renew Your Agency's HCAC Membership For 2017

Online membership renewal on the new HCAC website is simple!. You may pay by credit card or choose or choose to pay by invoice. You'll have 30 days to pay. 

Thank you for being a valued member of the Home Care Association of Colorado. Through the expertise and direction of HCAC's leadership and the support of our many members, the association is stronger and more dynamic than ever. There is strength in numbers, and our growth means a stronger voice for home care and home health in Colorado. Please continue to support the association by renewing your membership. We will continue our efforts to provide you and your employees with quality education, conferences, electronic newsletters on the latest happenings in home care, updates on policy, legislation, regulations and advocacy at the state and national level, etc. 

Important issues this year:

  • Minimum wage increase and how its affect on the home care industry
  • End-of-Life Options Act and implications on home care
  • Repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the new Trump administration
  • Continued effort to involve HCAC members in their regional care collaborative (RCCO)

Directions for Renewal...If you haven't done so, you'll first need to set up your password in the new website.. Click here to enter your email address associated with your HCAC member profile. The system will send you an email to set up your password. Once updated, you can login here, using your Username - - and new password. While you are logged in, please complete or update your profile if needed (it is searchable to help people find you)!

If you are the main contact for your agency or organization, use the following links to renew membership in the appropriate category:

Questions or problems on renewing? Please contact the association office at 303-848-2521 or [email protected]


The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

Everything Healthcare Providers and Facilities Need to Know Now!

Three front range locations to choose from.
Just added - two west slope locations...Grand Junction & Montrose - registration coming soon!

The Iris Project is offering seven, day-long, "deep dive" programs into the distinct requirements of the new Colorado End-of-Life Options Act and best practices to responding to patient requests, educating staff and communities, and supporting diverse views. HCAC members receive 6.5 nursing or social work CEs (social work pending approval) for FREE! Non-members pay a nominal fee.


Love it, hate it, opt in or opt out, every healthcare provider and facility in the state will have to comply with the law, respond to patient and community inquiries, coordinate with referral and service partners, manage diverse views among staff and volunteers, and continue to provide the best possible care to terminally ill patients and their families.

  • Providers must have written policies or they cannot be enforced. 
  • Patients, families, and healthcare partners have questions now!
  • Are you ready?

This comprehensive program will equip you to:

  • Navigate the basics, distinct features, and hidden complexities of the Colorado Act, with up-to-the-minute updates from the State
  • Protect organizational integrity while respecting patient rights
  • Develop or refine an organizational position--Opt Out, Arm’s Length, Educate & Support, or Embrace—aligned with your mission and values
  • Respond compassionately, respectfully, and thoroughly to patient requests
  • Create community messaging and educate staff, volunteers, and stakeholders about your approach to the Act
  • Learn from operational and ethical challenges other states have encountered
  • Broaden public awareness and strengthen quality of care for terminally ill patients and their families

Schedule for all days: Registration, 8:00AM; Program 8:30AM to 4:00PM.

Your choice of dates and locations* (click on the dates for details and to register):

$150 per person. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, comprehensive materials, certificate of attendance

Space is extremely limited! Register NOW to reserve a seat. 
Registration will close Jan 12!

*Program content has been developed by The Iris Project and does not necessarily reflect the views of the hosting organizations.

Presenter: Jennifer Moore Ballentine, MA, is President of The Iris Project and Chair of the Colorado Advance Directives Consortium. Previously, she served as Vice President of Hospice Analytics, Executive Director of Life Quality Institute, and Director of Programs of Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been closely involved with implementation of the California End-of-Life Option Act and brings “on the ground” experience along with deep knowledge of the research, policy, and operational challenges of medical aid in dying.

Special Guest: Kim Mooney has 24 years of experience as in the field of dying, death, and grief. She has worked with hospices as community educator and bereavement counselor, and as an independent consultant for faith communities, corporations, health care and mental health agencies. She is a certified Thanatologist and former Board member of the International Association for Death Education and Counseling. Through Practically Dying, Kim offers private consultations, trainings, retreats and presentations focused on navigating end-of-life needs and grief.

HPCAR (COCHPC) is the CEU sponsor for all five workshops presented by The Iris Project. Continuing education credits will be awarded for nurses (approved for 6.5 CEs) and social workers (pending approval) and will be free to our members. Non-members will pay a small fee for these continuing education credits.

(Provider Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16091, for 6.5 contact hours for this education.)


Speaker Proposals Due Dec. 8 for HCAC's Spring 2017 Conference

'Refresh, Renew, Recharge' Conference Will Be May 17-19 At Keystone Resort. Submit your proposal before the Dec. 8 deadline!

Home Care Association of Colorado's Education Committee needs your help in identifying compelling presentations for the 2017 Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The 2017 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
    • Clinical/nursing trends
    • Administrative/operations
    • Regulatory and compliance
    • NEW FOR 2017: A one-day therapy track addressing the special needs of physical therapists and others practicing in a home-health setting
  • Preconference proposals for Wednesday afternoon. Preconference 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 Dec. 8 deadline and make its recommendations to HCAC's board. The association expects to announce the education schedule and open registration on or just after Jan. 1, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request and any help you can give. And as always, thanks for your membership in and support of HCAC!


Members Asked To Participate In CMS Study To Develop Standardized Assessment Items For Post-Acute Care Settings

HCAC has been notified of a CMS study to develop and test a set of standardized assessment items for use in post-acute care (PAC) settings, including home health. CMS contracted with RAND and its partners Abt Associates and Qualidigm to conduct this study. The first round of pilot testing was completed in Connecticut this summer and they are gearing up for the second round. This time the testing will be in Houston, Denver and Chicago. RAND has identified potential PAC providers that represent a mix of rural/urban, large/small and for-profit and not-for-profit agencies – and that are fairly convenient geographically to the area.


HCAC Encourages Colorado Home-Care Agencies To Nominate Nurses For The Nightingale Luminary Awards

Nominations are now open online for the Nightingale Luminary Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor.

For 2017, the award honors up to 60 nurses luminaries, picked regionally from across the state. Twelve of those luminaries are to be selected as recipients of the 2017 Nightingale Awards.

Online nominations are only accepted at

Download the 2017 Nightingale Nomination Poster (suitable for printing)

Key Dates

  • Nominations close statewide on 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, except in Southwestern Colorado AHEC and San Luis Valley AHEC
  • Nominations close earlier in Southwestern Colorado AHEC (11:59 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016)
  • Nominations close earlier in San Luis Valley AHEC (11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2016)
  • Please note the entry deadlines, these dates are final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.
  • Regional Luminaries announced: Varies by region
  • Regional Luminaries recognized and state recipients announced: Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7 PM Mountain time (tentative)


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the Colorado Nurses Foundation by email or call 720-457-1004.


• You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
• Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist.
• You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.

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