Friday, August 22, 2014

Connect for Health Colorado Updates

  • “The Connect for Health Colorado Board of Directors named Gary Drews as interim Chief Executive Officer.
  • According to a recent analysis by The Urban Institute found Connect for Health Colorado to be “very competitive.” Read more.
  • Save the date for the Open Enrollment Kick-off October 14 - 15 at the Crowne Plaza DIA (available via live streaming as well). The event will bring together health coverage guides, brokers and agents, carriers, community-based organizations and advocates for training on technical aspects of enrollment, as well as marketing, messaging and outreach. Mark your calendars and look for more information to come soon!
  • Connect for Health Colorado customers will soon receive information about 2015 health insurance renewals from us and the health insurance carriers. For coverage beginning on January 1, 2015, that renewal will need to be completed by December 15th.” [Source: Connect for Health Colorado]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highlights from Safety Net Clinic Week 2014!

We have had a very busy week! From the Kickoff Celebration at Inner City Health Center, to open houses, to site visits, to proclamations, this has been a Safety Net Clinic Week to remember! Here are some of our favorite photos highlighting the different activities taking place across the state.

Care Coordinator Stacia Rabith, CFO Wesley Sykes and Executive Assistant Cheryl King-Simmons from Inner City Health Center, smile for a photo during the 2014 Safety Net Clinic Week Kickoff Celebration.

Nurse Practitioners Deanna Tolmann (left) and Erin Bullock (middle) from Head2Toe HealthCare gave Priscilla Resendiz (right), Constituent Services Advocate for US Senator Michael Bennet's Office, a tour of their clinic as well as a run-down on the mission of the clinic and the scope of their practice.

State Senator Pat Steadman, Andrea Autobee-Trujillo from Congresswoman Diana DeGette's office, and fellows from Colorado Consumer Health Initiative visited the Kids In Need of Dentistry clinic at the Metro Denver Dental Society to celebrate Safety Net Clinic Week!

If you have any questions regarding Safety Net Clinic Week 2014, feel free to reach out to the 2014 Safety Net Clinic Week Coordinator, Tom Crowe at or (720) 863-7805.

Apply Now for Amendment 35 Grant Funding

The Amendment 35 Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the coordinated released of the following Requests for Applications (RFA’s):
  • The Cancer Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program
  • Health Disparities Grant Program
  • The Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program
We have aligned each of the three application packages to look similar, and created digital application folders which include all the required documents for each RFA. Please note that agencies must apply individually for each grant program in accordance with the guidance outlined in each individual RFA. All applications must be received by the Department by 5:00PM Tuesday, September 30, 2014.” [Source: COPrevent]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Funding Opportunity from The Colorado Health Foundation: Infrastructure for Physical Activity

The Colorado Health Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a new funding opportunity within the Health Living outcome area. In Health Living, the focus is to ensure every kid in Colorado has the opportunity to eat healthy and engage in physical activity.

The goal of this funding opportunity, Infrastructure for Physical Activity, is to provide convenient access to playground equipment for underserved kids in the K-5th grade age group in Colorado and foster community pride and spirit around the community playground. To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria and associated measureable results. Deadline is October 15, 2014.” [Source: The Colorado Health Foundation]

ICD-10 “Road to 10” Training

“Taking advantage of the extended ICD-10 implementation timeframe gives you even more control over your practice’s ICD-10 transition. To help your practice make the best use of this extension, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is excited to offer FREE ICD-10 training: Road to 10: A Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10. The training is August 28th, 12:00-1:00pm at COPIC | 7351 E. Lowry Blvd. | Mile High Room | Denver, CO 80123. Click here to register.
  • Study the basics, differences, and benefits of ICD-10
  • Explore common codes, primers for clinical documentation, and clinical scenarios all broken out by specialty
  • Create a customized Action Plan, personalized by specialty and practice details” [Source: CMS]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MAXIMUS Quarterly Work Group Meeting – Sept. 4th

MAXIMUS’ and the Department’s quarterly workgroup meeting is September 4th, 10:30-11:30am. It will be held at 4500 Cherry Creek Dr. S. Suite 200 | Glendale, CO 80246 | Second floor conference room.  Click here to view the agenda. If you plan to attend in person, please let Tamara Paul-Reeff know by Friday, August 29th so we can ensure adequate seating.” [Source: MAXIMUS]

What Works in Colorado: The Center for African American Health’s Just Check It Program

In Colorado, Just Check It is an evidence-based program that is designed to assist people who want to monitor and better control their blood pressure. Just Check It reaches out into the community at various events and through The Center for African American Health to connect with people who have high blood pressure and who want additional tools to help them control it. During a 2-hour orientation, The Center for African American Health staff discuss what hypertension is, how it affects the body and, most importantly, how to control it. In addition, the programs provide a tote bag full of information and materials to empower people to take control of their blood pressure and this includes a state-of-the-art blood pressure monitor, nutrition resources and other tools for getting healthy. For more information contact: Wendy Smittick at 303-500-2085 or visit our website at:” [Source: COPrevent]