Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Meaningful Use EP Attestation Site Now Open!

"The Colorado Registration & Attestation site for Program Year 2015 Eligible Professionals is now open. The site will close on June 30th, so we recommend you start reviewing the requirements and make sure your log-in is working.  CORHIO has posted new workbooks and attestation checklists to help EPs attest, so please check their website for these resources.

If you have questions...
Contact Kelly Hernandez, Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Coordinator, by email at MedicaidEHR@corhio.org or by phone at 720.285.3232.
For system/technical questions and support, contact the ACS Help Desk at 866.879.0109 or SLRHelpdesk@acs-inc.com"
[Source: CORHIO]

Provider Revalidation (Medicaid, Medicare & CHP+) deadline: September 24, 2016

By completing the revalidation/enrollment process now through the Online Provider Enrollment (OPE) tool, providers will not experience any delay in payment when the new enrollment and claims management system, Colorado interChange, launches on October 31, 2016. Starting on that date, claims and encounters submitted by providers who have not enrolled and/or revalidated will be denied.

Please do not begin the application before reviewing all of the training resources available online. An incorrect or incomplete application requires additional review, which may add weeks to processing time.  Revalidation and Enrollment instructions are available online. Be sure to review the Information by Provider Type before you begin the online training, as it will help you select the correct training. The Provider Enrollment Manual also includes valuable information to help providers complete applications correctly.

Questions may be sent to Provider.Questions@state.co.us or our new Information Center at 1-800-237-0757 (option 5), Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm, closed: noon to 1pm.
[Source:  HCPF At A Glance]

Prime Health Summit, May 16

On May 16th, Prime Health is convening 40+ national healthcare and innovation thought leaders to discuss the greatest needs and best practices in integrating health innovations at its annual Summit in Denver.   Leaders from Aetna, HCA, Google, Florida Hospital, American Medical Association, Mercer, Salesforce, and many others are participating. This is one of the largest gatherings of national health and innovation leaders in Colorado's history and strong representation from our healthcare community is key to helping make this important event a success.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to connect and engage with top healthcare organizations and help showcase the power of our community by registering for the Summit. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.   For more information email info@primehealthco.com.

"Health First Colorado" to Launch June 1st

Medicaid in Colorado will soon be known as "Health First Colorado." The Department will introduce this exciting change beginning this June, with updates to member communications taking place through the end of the year.

For more information, visit the Health First Colorado web page.
[Source: HCPF At A Glance]

Monday, May 2, 2016

HCPF Legislative Update

The second session of the 70th General Assembly continues with a bill total of 572 as of March 25, 2016. Per the state Constitution, the Colorado legislature is in session for no more than 120 days, adjourning this year on May 11, 2016.

The Department has three bills on its legislative agenda this session. Brief descriptions of these bills are below; full bill descriptions are available through the provided hyperlinks.

BILL HB16-1081
Short Title: Obsolete Reporting Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
-This bill repeals certain obsolete reporting requirements of the Department and other providers.
Status: 3/18/2016 Governor signed

BILL HB16-1097
Short Title: PUC Permit for Medicaid Transportation Providers
-The bill creates a new category of non-emergency transportation carriers to serve Medicaid clients.
Status:  Passed House 64-1, Passed Senate Transportation 5-0

BILL SB16-027
Short Title: Medicaid Option for Prescribed Drugs by Mail
-This bill allows Medicaid members the option to receive prescribed medications used to treat chronic medical conditions through the mail.
Status: Awaiting Governor's Signature
[Source: HCPF At A Glance]

Training Opportunities: From Coding to Teambuilding

Vital Clinical Documentation and Coding Training for Providers and Coders
CCHN created an accessible web-based curriculum offering a step-by-step training module where participants will learn everything they need to know about: coding patient histories, physical exams and medical decision-making.  All providers and coders are encouraged to take advantage of this training opportunity.
registration closes August 12, 2016
Cost: $100 (If cost is a barrier, please contact Sarah Macrander.)
Audience: Providers and coders.
Click here to register.

Texting and Emailing with Patients – HIPAA Compliance Training
MentorHealth's web-based session will focus on the rights of individuals to communicate in the manner they desire, and how a medical office can decide what is an acceptable process for communications with individuals.
June 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $139 per participant
Click here to learn more and register.

Enhancing Teambuilding 
Edward Leigh Center for Healthcare Communication
May 18, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
This session will provide tools to understand vital steps of the team-building process.  The session focuses on these key areas: a clear understanding of each individual’s responsibilities in a team; keeping a team motivated; and handling team conflict.  Click here to register.

Software and Technology
Teaming for Technology is a Colorado nonprofit that offers cost effective training on a variety of software and technology.
Cost: $20 per person per class
To register and view a complete list of training opportunities click here.

[Source: CCHN]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Adapting to a Changing Landscape: Colorado’s Safety Net Health Centers"

"Driven by the desire to better support Colorado health centers in the midst of rapid adaptation, The Colorado Health Foundation partnered with Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) to take a critical look at how these organizations are faring as their business models evolve in the face of systemic shifts."..."NFF conducted an intensive cohort analysis to study the drivers of financial sustainability for 21 health centers, examining audited financials, payor/patient data and conducting in-depth interviews with Colorado’s health center leaders." 5 ClinicNET affiliates were included in the cohort of 21. Click here to read the findings and recommendations [Source: NFF]