Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colorado Access to Care Index Released

The Colorado Health Institute and the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved released the Colorado Access to Care Index, a first-ever measurement of whether Coloradans are able to get the health care they need when they need it. The index is designed to help communities across Colorado better understand access to care challenges and to guide conversations about how to address them. Each region as well as the state has  an overall score from one to 10 based on their scores in each of the three components of access — Potential Access, Barriers to Care and Realized Access. All materials, including 21 regional infographics, are now posted here.

Click here to register for a webinar Thursday, April 2 at noon to discuss this new tool. It will provide an introduction to the Colorado Access to Care Index, what it includes, and how to use it.

Save the date for upcoming Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) Labs:
  • Track 1 – Accountable Care Collaborative: May 21 and September 17, 2015
  • Track 2 – Access to Care: July 16 and November 19, 2015” [Source: CHI]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Income Guidelines Now Available

“Annually, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) establishes the FPL which is used to determine eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including Medical Assistance programs. In accordance with federal law, HCPF updated the FPLs for all Colorado Medical Assistance programs, including Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). The new income levels will be effective April 1, 2015. Updated income charts are now available for Medicaid, Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working Adults with Disabilities, Medicaid Buy-in Program for Children with Disabilities, Medicare Savings Program and Low Income Subsidy, CHP+, and CICP.” [Source: Colorado Covering Kids and Families]

HCPF Updates: E&M and vaccination rate increases, and ACA Implementation News

CMS has approved the Department’s rate increase to E&M and vaccination codes, bringing them on par with Medicare rates published in December 2014.  These rates took effect on January 1, 2015, but we were unable to pay the rates until CMS approved them.  The Department’s fiscal agent is loading the rates into the MMIS.  Once loaded, any qualified E&M or vaccination claim will be paid at the new rate.  Providers are not required to attest to providing primary care. Our fiscal agent will also mass adjust all qualified claims paid since January 1st, and repay them at the higher rate.

Click here to view the latest issue of the Department of Heath Care Policy and Financing's ACA Implementation News.” [Source: HCPF]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HealthTeamWorks Webinar: Statewide Practice Transformation Opportunities

HealthTeamWorks is hosting an Introductory Webinar on Friday, April 3rd, from 12-1PM to provide an update on Statewide Practice Transformation Opportunities. We are also excited to announce and outline the practice application process for the BC3 program that has been generously sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation. Participation in this webinar is a mandatory first step in the application process. Click here to register.” [Source: HealthTeamWorks]

COPIC Medical Foundation – support for healthcare issues

The COPIC Medical Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Colorado and Nebraska that address healthcare issues. Grants are provided to organizations that focus on quality of care, improving patient safety, reducing medical errors, and improving disease management and transitions in care. The Foundation supports activities that are centered on education and training of healthcare professionals; pilot programs that are designed to improve medicine; and development, implementation, or changes in healthcare-related systems, tools, and processes that improve outcomes. Letters of intent may be submitted throughout the year. The remaining full application deadlines for 2015 are May 1 and September 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Colorado Requests Title XXI (Children’s Health Insurance Program/CHIP) Funds

“In April 2015, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will submit an application to extend Colorado’s title XXI section 1115 demonstration waiver. The application will request an extension of the federal authority for Colorado to continue to receive title XXI (i.e. Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHP+) funds to cover pregnant women with incomes from 142 percent of the FPL through 195 percent of the FPL with full Medicaid benefits through Sept. 30, 2019. During this timeframe, Colorado will continue to reach out to, enroll, and provide prenatal and postpartum care to eligible pregnant women from 142 percent of the FPL through 260 percent of the FPL to achieve the objectives of CHIP. A public notice is posted in the March 10, 2015, Colorado Register. Written comments are due by April 9, 2015, and may be addressed to Allison Heyne at allison.heyne@state.co.us." [Source: Colorado Covering Kids and Families]

Monday, March 23, 2015

Free webinar on March 27: A Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are offering a free webinar Road to 10: A Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10 on March 27, 2:00-3:00pm ET. Designed for physicians, practice managers, and other office staff, this session will provide regarding ICD-10 basics and will highlight the benefits to your practice. In addition, concrete tools and strategies for transitioning to ICD-10 will be discussed. The presentation will cover the following topics: Overview of ICD-10; Ways to Help you Prepare; Documentation Requirements for Common Health Conditions; Customizable Action Plan; Resources and Checklists.

WebEx Information: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms~032715
Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (800) 603-1774
Conference ID: 2164597” [Source: HRSA and CMS]