Monday, June 27, 2016

June 9th Affiliate Convening Materials Available

Did you miss the ClinicNET Affiliate Convening on June 9th? We missed you! The presentations and handouts are now available on the Affiliates Access page (top right corner of the ClinicNET website) and include:  
  • Policy and Advocacy slides 
  • Frontline Public Affairs 2016 Legislative Session Summary
  • State Innovation Model (SIM) & Transforming Clinical Practices Initiatve (TCPi) slides
  • Regional Health Connectors slides
  • Delta Dental Medical-Dental Integration slides
  • ECHO Colorado slides
  • Affiliate Matters - Leadership slides
  • Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative Phase II Key Concepts handout
  • Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, contact information
  • ColoradoCare - 3 Minute Expert handout
  • The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado handout
  • The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado Endorsement Form
  • Leadership Cohort - Change Resiliency slides
Thanks again to our corporate sponsors, COPIC, AmeriCares and Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado!

SAVE THE DATE for our next Affiliate Convening on November 10, 2016 at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, Thornton clinic. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet the 2016 Safety Net Clinic Week Coordinator!

Sidharth Tripathi is a senior Biology major at Colorado College. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Sidharth has a passion for health equity. Sidharth's passion for health equity stems from his involvement with GlobeMed at Colorado College , a student-run organization that fundraises and educates the local community about global health equity. Sidharth is passionate about health equity on both local and international levels, having just recently completed a one-month long internship at a health NGO in rural Kenya. Sidharth joined ClinicNET to help advocate for the important work safety net clinics do for their communities and in the state of Colorado. He is extremely excited for the potential impact he will have as the 2016 Safety Net Clinic Week Coordinator. 

A joint collaboration between ClinicNET and The Colorado Rural Health Center, the seventh annual Safety Net Clinic Week will take place from August 15th through August 19th. This is the perfect opportunity for community safety net clinics to educate their community and leaders about their role providing access to care to low-income, often medically vulnerable, Colorado residents. With the current evolution of health care, and potential unintended realities that come with such monumental change, the importance of highlighting the diversity of the health care safety net in Colorado cannot be overstated. Seize this opportunity to highlight an aspect of your clinic such as your dedicated volunteers, new programs services or partnerships; celebrate successes and highlight your work in our Colorado communities.  

A “toolkit” will be posted next week, so stay tuned! The “toolkit” will include fact sheets, flyers, logo and templates for press releases, letters to the editor, invitations for site-visits, and governmental proclamations.
I look forward to working with you and seeing all that will come from the 2016 Safety Net Clinic Week.
Sidharth Tripathi

Safety Net Clinic Week Webinar at Noon on June 28th!

SNCW 2016 is August 15-19 and we 're helping ClinicNET affiliates prepare and get the most out of the week! Please join us to learn more about SNCW, hear about highlights from prior weeks, and learn how to use this year's toolkit. Stay tuned for more information about SNCW 2016.


ONE WEEK LEFT to Attest for Meaningful Use 2015!

"The Colorado Registration & Attestation site for Program Year 2015 Eligible Professionals will close on June 30th, so you have one week to get your attestation completed. We recommend not waiting until the final day, as you might need log-in assistance, which can take days to resolve. Or the site could be slow due to increased activity.

Important Update: Please be aware that the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) site will be offline from June 28th to July 1st. So if you need to generate your EHR Certification ID and screenshot, please do so before Tuesday.

--If you have questions--
Contact Kelly Hernandez, Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Coordinator, by email or by phone at 720.285.3232.

For system/technical questions and support, contact the ACS Help Desk at 866.879.0109 or
[Source: CORHIO]

Rate Changes! Evaluation and Management and Vaccine Administration Service Codes

"The Colorado Medicaid reimbursement rates for evaluation and management procedure codes and vaccine administration procedure codes are changing. The Department reimbursed these codes at a Medicare equivalent rate to comply with Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for calendar years 2013 and 2014, and temporarily extended the Medicare equivalent rate through June 2016. The funding to reimburse the evaluation and management and vaccine administration codes at a Medicare equivalent rate ends on June 30, 2016.

From July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, through the efforts of the Department and provider associations, one year of additional funding is authorized to reimburse several evaluation and management categories and vaccine administration at higher than the Medicaid rates in place in December 2012, prior to the implementation of Section 1202. The evaluation and management categories with temporary funding are:

· Standard office visits

· Preventive care office visits

· Newborn visits

· Neonatal and pediatric critical care visits

· Counseling visits

While rate changes take effect on July 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must approve changes to the Department’s State Plan before the rates may be paid. Due to the timing on CMS approval, the new rates may not be paid starting on July 1. If needed, the Department will mass adjust all qualified claims in the system once CMS approval is received.

The FY16-17 reimbursement rates for these procedure codes are available online at E&M_and Vaccine Code reimbursement. These rates are scheduled to return to the December 2012 level on July 1, 2017. Categories of evaluation and management that did not receive additional funding will be reimbursed at the December 2012 level starting July 1, 2016. These include emergency room visits, inpatient visits, critical care visits (excluding neonatal and pediatric critical care visits), home visits, when visits are prolonged, and standby/warfarin/interdisciplinary conference visits.
If you have questions, please contact Richard Delaney, Policy Specialist, at
[Source: HCPF]

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Colorado Tele-health Network Offering Broadband Subsidies

"Colorado Tele-health Network (CTN) has a consortium of agencies receiving a subsidy from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This subsidy is called the Healthcare Connect Fund. Recipients of the subsidy (which includes participants in CTN's consortium) receive funding for 65% of an organization's' cost for broadband services.

Charlie Wick, with CTN, explained that "public and not-for-profit health care providers are eligible to receive support under the Healthcare Connect Fund. 'Health care provider' is defined by statute as hospitals, rural health clinics, local health departments, community health centers or health centers providing healthcare to migrant workers and post-secondary educational institutions offering health care instruction, teaching hospitals, and medical schools."

If you are interested in learning more CTN's consortium and receiving a 65% subsidy for the broadband costs, you can contact:

Charlie Wick
Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN)
Broadband Expansion Outreach
Phone: 720-217-3518

[Source: COPrevent]

Capital Campaigns and Planned Giving Skill Development

Starting a capital campaign or building a planned giving program? Don’t know where to begin? Join CRC and Alan Sherwood, President of Sherwood Consulting Services and development these important skills. Sherwood focuses on capital and endowment campaigns, and has successfully conducted multiple campaigns from $500,000 to $18 million, exceeding expectations. This session will provide tools and strategies to engage donors in your community to plan a successful capital campaign, and build a sustainable planned giving program for the future.

 July 6   9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits Training Center
Cost: $120 Individual Session