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HHAC Statewide Members Only Webinar

Friday, March 12, 2021 | 12:00am - 1:00pm MT

Join us to learn the latest about Home Care & Hospice in Colorado from HHAC leaders!

This FREE members only webinar will feature guest speaker, Dr. Steve Cox, DNP, RN in a discussion about the Chapter 26 rule revision process, along with the HHAC lobby team Eliza Schultz, Elisabeth Rosen and Alan Morse with updates on what is happening at the Capitol, as well as Executive Director, Don Knox, with association updates. Gather your staff for this valuable update on the state of Home Care & Hospice in Colorado! 

Dr. Steve Cox, DNP, MSN, RN- Steve is the Home Care Services Section Manager at CDPHE. Steve has been with CDPHE a few years and brings a wealth of knowledge in health care and home health. With a Doctorate in Nursing Practice along with an emphasis in nursing leadership and management, Steve has over 20 years of nursing experience, including hospital care, emergency medicine, disaster nursing and long term acute care. He has held various managerial and leadership nursing positions and has had first hand experience and responsibility for the outcome of regulatory inspections by state, federal and accreditation inspection surveys. 

ONLY Members in good standing with the association have access to this webinar.

Members: click here to login and view the webinar information. 


$1.9T Stimulus Bill Now Includes 10% Payment Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services

Home Health Care News
By Andrew Donlan | March 8, 2021
The $1.9 trillion stimulus package took a critical step on Saturday. It passed in the Senate, which then sent it back to the House of Representatives for final deliberation before ultimately landing on President Joe Biden’s desk.
From a home-based care perspective, one of the most noteworthy elements of the Senate passage was that the home- and community-based services (HCBS) Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) payment boost was even higher than expected. Instead of a 7.35% hike to HCBS funding, the stimulus bill now includes a 10% increase.
The 10% FMAP increase means an additional $12.67 billion in funding for HCBS from April 1 of 2021 to March 31 of next year.

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New PAR Agent, KEPRO, To Offer Provider Training

Kepro will be replacing eQHealth Solutions, Inc. and will begin to receive Prior Authorization Requests (PARs) no earlier than May 1, 2021. Kepro will be offering provider training on their Atrezzo Provider Portal for providers who submit PARs for all fee-for-service Health First Colorado Benefits (Colorado Medicaid Program) that eQHealth Solutions, Inc. currently authorizes.

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Correction: Webinar on the 2022 Payment Design of the Hospice Benefit Component of the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model

The Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model team will host a webinar on March 17, 2021 from 4-5 PM ET. During this webinar, presenters will provide a review of the Calendar Year 2022 payment design related to the Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model. This session will also offer attendees an opportunity to ask follow-up questions. Please submit questions in advance by emailing the VBID Mailbox at [email protected].

The slides, transcript and audio recording of this webinar will be posted to the VBID Model website at for downloading a week after the webinar.

What: Webinar: Calendar Year 2022 VBID Hospice Benefit Component - Payment Design

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 4-5 PM ET

How to Join: Registration for the webinar is now open. Register now using the link here.

Event number:  133 857 8553

Event password:  Payment0317

Additional Resources:

For more information, please find the CY 2022 Preliminary Hospice Capitation Payment Rate Actuarial Methodology here, visit the VBID overview page or contact [email protected].


CDC Issues Interim Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Visit with Others

The CDC issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume. The new guidance includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated; how and when they can visit with other people who are not vaccinated; and how full vaccinated people should approach isolation, quarantine, and testing.

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen ).

This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities. CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 in the community change, and additional scientific evidence becomes available. People are still urged to remain vigilant against infection even after full vaccination.

Click here to read the full recommendations.

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