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Colorado Home Care Rate Increases Lobbied By HCAC Are Going Into Effect

Posted Aug. 23, 2018

Colorado's General Assembly raised rates for home health, private duty nursing and tele-health by 1 percent effective July 1. Rates for HCBS, IHSS and CDASS personal care and homemaker services were raised by $0.92/hour, now $18.44 up from $17.52 effective on January 1, 2019, or when federal authorities give their final approval. 

The Home Care Association of Colorado played a lead role in securing these increases, which were previously announced earlier this year to HCAC's members. 

HCAC thanks its members for supporting our efforts through their membership dues as well as through contributions to our PAC. Non-members are encouraged to help us secure future rate increases. 

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Call For Speaker Proposals Still Open For 2019 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference

Posted: Aug. 23, 2018

The Home Care Association of Colorado's Education Committee requests compelling speaker proposals for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The 2019 conference will be attended by hundreds of provider agencies in Colorado, Wyoming and adjacent states. An accompanying trade show will include interactive demonstrations from vendors from around the nation.

HCAC seeks the following:

  • Engaging keynote presenters who can enlighten our provider members in a time of great industry change
  • Breakout presenters addressing: private pay issues, technology, non-medical issues, regulatory and compliance, and, new for 2019, a one-day therapy track addressing the special needs of physical therapists and others practicing in a home-health setting
  • Pre-conference proposals for Wednesday afternoon. Pre-conference sessions typically each cover four hours and so are especially good for topics requiring a "deeper dive" in a workshop-style format. They require separate attendee registration.

Read more, and submit your proposals, here



Elizabeth Hogue Column: The Crucial Importance of Nurses' Clinical Judgment

By Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.

An article entitled "Quantifying a Nurse's 'Gut'" by nurse Theresa Brown that appeared in The New York Times on August 12, 2018, underscores the importance of nurses' clinical judgment. 

Members: Read the full column here. Not a member? Join us!


Next HCAC West Slope Forum and Town Hall is Sept. 7

Save the date for the next West Slope Forum. It's Sept. 7 at the Hampton Inn Grand Junction Downtown/Historic Main Street, 205 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

The agenda is: 

  • 9:30 am: Welcome, Introductions, Networking, Review of Agenda
  • 10 am: HCAC Statewide Members-Only Conference Call: Legislative updates from the HCAC lobbying team and association update from Don Knox, HCAC Executive Director
  • 11 am-1 pm: Lunch and Networking
  • 1 pm: Adjournment

For questions and to RSVP, please contact West Slope Forum Chair: Sarah Andrews, RN, 970-208-8359, [email protected] 


HCAC Statewide Members Only Conference Call Is Friday, September 7

Join us on Friday, September 7 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Call in and learn the latest about Home Care in Colorado from HCAC leaders.

Legislative and regulatory updates from the lobbying team of Eliza Schultz, Ellen Caruso and Betsy Murray, and association update from Don Knox, HCAC Executive Director.

Special Guest: Colin Laughlin, MPA
Benefits and Services Management Division Director
Office of Community Living
Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing

Gather your staff for this valuable update on the state of Home Care in Colorado! here for the 'join' information.

No RSVP required. No cost to call in!

For questions, contact the HCAC office at [email protected] or 303-848-2521.

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