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Registration Is Still Open for Next Week's 2020 HHAC Conference

Join us October 15th -16th for the 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference this year in an all new VIRTUAL FORMAT! This annual event offers continuing education, practice information, and unique networking for HHAC members, and other home care, home health and hospice professionals in Colorado and across the region. Education sessions are designed to be applicable to all sectors and levels of the profession and will provide the latest techniques and trends, as well as basic skills. We hope you log in next week as we cover a wide variety of topics impacting the home care industry in 2020/21, including (but not limited to):

  • EVV
  • Payroll Protection Program 
  • Medicaid Provider Relief Fund
  • Medicaid Rate Increases: a) Travel time re-basing, b) Denver min wage
  • SB 19-238 Pass-through requirements
  • SB 20-205 Paid Sick Leave
  • SB 19-085 Equal Pay Act
  • SB 20-212 Telemedicine
  • Denver Minimum Wage
  • Aurora Minimum Wage

Visit the conference website to learn more & to register!


CDPHE Seeks Agency Input On Title 26 Update

Posted: October 8, 2020

As the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) begins the stakeholder process to review regulations at 6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter 26 - Home Care Agencies (HCAs), they are requesting your feedback on the structure of your HCA. Your input will serve in helping the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (Division), along with the stakeholders, determine the appropriate structure, and level, of fees.

Click Here to complete the questionnaire!



HHAC Welcomes New Agency, Allied Members

Posted: Oct. 8, 2020

HHAC welcomes these new members that have joined our association recently.

Allied Members

Medicare/Medicaid Provider Members

Private Pay Provider Members

Thank you for supporting HHAC!

Not a member? Join today!


PDGM ‘Not as Difficult as It Was Cracked Up to Be’: Longtime Hospice Provider Enters Home Health Market

Posted: Oct. 8, 2020

On one hand, COVID-19 — and the business and clinical complications that come with it — pose unprecedented day-to-day challenges. As the biggest payment overhaul in two decades, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) presents its own nuanced hurdles as well, Home Health Care News reports.

Yet on the other hand, more patients and families are looking to be treated in the safety of their own homes than ever.

Full story


Aurora Minimum Wage Increase Fails to Advance; HHAC Lobbied Against Increase Without Medicaid Reimbursement Boost

The Aurora City Council did not advance a proposal to increase its minimum wage modestly over the next two years but ultimately to a statewide high of $20 by 2027. Thank you to members of our association who reached out to council members to argue against the measure without higher reimbursement from Medicaid to cover the increases. 

The proposal ultimately failed after weeks of public debate and 90 minutes of council discussion. However, it’s not over. The sponsor, Aurora Councilwoman Alison Coombs, plans to adjust the proposal to more closely mirror Denver’s ordinance. That law requires employers to bump hourly employees to at least $12.85 on Jan. 1, with the second raise to $14.77 in 2021, and a third to $15.87 in 2022. Subsequent to the law’s passage, the General Assembly approved a $3-an-hour increase to Medicaid reimbursement rates in Denver. But the state’s budget, always under strain, is especially strained because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and future increased Medicaid reimbursements are not guaranteed.

HHAC’s team lobbied against Aurora’s proposal without reimbursement increases, sent a letter to the council, and wrote public comments questioning the ordinance’s unintended consequences. The Denver Business Journal cited HHAC’s opposition in a story recounting Aurora’s decision: “Council members received rejection pleas from the Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado, which represents home-health-care agencies paid largely by Medicaid and warned of likely service cuts if their labor costs rose without Medicaid increasing reimbursements.”

Aurora’s Coombs said her revised proposal would pause increases at $17 an hour.

If Aurora is unable to get the proposed increase passed by November 1, 2020, it cannot go into effect until January 1, 2022. Aurora’s adjusted proposal will come back to the council in the coming months. Coombs said she would make several amendments to her proposal, including pausing increases at $17 an hour.

HHAC will continue to monitor any actions by the council, but we can’t do it without your help. If you’re not a member, please join our association, now in its 50th year. If you’re a member, become more active in one of our councils and register for our virtual conference next month, at which minimum wage will be discussed along with other labor and regulatory issues, Electronic Visit Verification, telehealth, and more.

Original Aurora Minimum-Wage Proposal

  • January 1, 2021: $12.60
  • January 1, 2022: $13.23
  • January 1, 2023: $14.55
  • January 1, 2024: $16.00
  • January 1, 2025, $17.60
  • January 1, 2026: 19.36
  • January 1, 2027: $20.00


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