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Your New State Home Care & Hospice Association Thanks You For Your Past & Future Support

Your New State Home Care & Hospice Association Thanks You For Your Past & Future Support

To our new members: On behalf of the board and staff of the newly combined Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado, thank you for the confidence you've showed in joining -- or rejoining, as the case may be -- our organization. We believe HHAC will be the leading advocate in our state for the provision of all health care in the home setting. We couldn't do it without your agency's membership. 

To members who haven't yet renewed: We hope you'll re-commit to your professional trade associations, now under the HHAC banner. Simply go to this page for information on joining or renewing. For former HPCAR members, go here to see how to sign into the new website. If you've not re-joined by March 31, you'll no longer continue to receive member benefits. Don't let that happen!

2020 figures to be the most active year yet for our professions. As always, we're facing reimbursement and regulatory issues in Colorado, together with new federal initiatives, including electronic visit verification, the prospect of pre-claim or post-payment review (Review Choice Demonstration),  the “hospice carve-in” to Medicare Advantage, PDGM reimbursement for Medicare provider agencies, and more. Through it all, we strive to increase services for home care, home health and hospice statewide.

The combination of the former HCAC and HPCAR, while exciting, also is challenging technologically and organizationally. Our boards and committees have combined, our multi-association conference continues, and new opportunities exist for you, as our members, to join us in leading home-based care to the future. 

If you've joined or re-joined, please take a few minutes to review leadership opportunities for you, your senior management teams, or other members of your staff.

Thank you from all of us at HHAC.

 
Registration Is Open For 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference

Registration Is Open For 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference

This annual event -- this year from May 13-15 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek -- offers continuing education, practice information, and networking for HHAC members and other Home Care, Home Health and Hospice professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Education sessions are designed to be applicable to all sectors and levels of the profession and will provide the latest techniques and trends as well as basic skills.

  • Wednesday, May 13 – Pre-Conference Sessions
  • Thursday & Friday, May 14 & 15 – Conference

REGISTER NOW!

Click here for Sponsor & Exhibitor information
Questions? Email us at [email protected]

 

 
Colorado EVV Launch Set For Aug. 3

Colorado EVV Launch Set For Aug. 3

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing has selected Aug. 3 as the "go-live" date for Colorado's Electronic Visit Verification system, mandated for home health and hospice providers by the federal government under the the 21st Century Cures Act. 

HCPF said EVV would be linked to the state's Medicaid billing system on Jan. 1, 2021, according to Alik Kassner, HHAC's treasurer, who has been the association's point person on the initiative. 

A provider survey of 447 respondents revealed: 

  • 49% of providers have not started implementation yet
  • 50% will use state solution, 22% Provider choice systems, 28% undecided
  • 72% will exempt live-in caregivers from EVV, 7% will not, 21% undecided

Read the state's presentation here.

What Types of Services Require EVV for Colorado?

Behavioral Therapies (provided in home or community), Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS), Durable Medical Equipment (requiring in-home setup), Home Health, Homemaker, Hospice, Independent Living Skills Training (ILST), In-Home Support Services (IHSS), Life Skills Training, Occupational Therapy (provided in the home), Pediatric Behavioral Health, Pediatric Personal Care, Personal Care, Physical Therapy (provided in the home), Private Duty Nursing, Respite (provided in the home or community), Speech Therapy (provided in the home), Youth Day

 
Pikes Peak Hospice To Celebrate 40th Anniversary on March 20

Pikes Peak Hospice To Celebrate 40th Anniversary on March 20

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care is celebrating its 40th Anniversary by "bringing in a speaker who is relevant to the work we do" -- author Nora McInerny.

"Nora is a master storyteller known for her dedication to bringing heart & levity to the difficult and uncomfortable conversations most of us try to avoid. Her works include the best-selling memoirs It's Okay to Laugh, (Crying is Cool Too), No Happy Endings, & The Hot Young Widows Club.  She also hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, spoke on TED's mainstage, & founded the non-profit Still Kickin."

The celebration is Friday March 20, 2020 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Penrose House Garden Pavilion. More information: 719-457-8105.

Nora McInerny

 
Low Medicaid Rates Jeopardize Access, HHAC VP Writes

Low Medicaid Rates Jeopardize Access, HHAC Vice President Writes

"Many home care agencies simply can't maintain services for Medicaid patients at current reimbursement levels," Chris Lee, vice president of the Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado and the president of Colorado's oldest home-health provider, wrote recently in a letter to the editor of the Arvada Press.

"The Visiting Nurses Association of Colorado, of which I'm the president, has served Colorado for 130 years and remains committed to providing high quality care for aging Coloradans and people needing care due to an illness or disability," Lee added. "Home-based care helps people stay in their home longer and lowers healthcare costs for families and taxpayers alike. The Colorado Legislature would serve the state well by authorizing a more appropriate and adequate Medicaid reimbursement rate for home-based care this legislative session."

Lee's letter appears on Page 11 of the Jan. 30 edition. 

 


 
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