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Colorado Hospital Association Disagrees With Washington Model That COVID-19 Has Peaked Here

The Colorado Hospital Association has released a statement noting that Colorado is making progress in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic but challenging models, including one from the University of Washington, indicating cases have peaked. 

From the statement:

“Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems applaud Governor Polis for extending the state’s ‘stay at home’ order,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, CHA vice president of clinical affairs. “The state shared its modeling data yesterday, which shows that Colorado is making progress in flattening the curve through extensive social distancing efforts, but that cases continue to increase. That is why it is crucial that Coloradans continue to practice social distancing and stay at home, to protect vulnerable neighbors and ensure that the capacity of our health care system can manage this pandemic.

“However, other models, such as the COVID-19 Projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, that have been distributed show that cases in Colorado may have already peaked. Unfortunately, we believe those studies may mislead Coloradans into thinking this is behind us, when in reality, it isn’t. That data doesn’t align with what is actually happening in Colorado hospitals currently – which we are tracking very closely.


Legislative Leaders Discuss Returning to Denver on May 18

The Colorado legislature is tentatively planning to reconvene on May 18, Colorado Politics reports.

The executive committee of leaders from both parties and both chambers met Wednesday. Lawmakers have just two tasks they're required to accomplish: pass a balanced state budget and adopt the School Finance Act.

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COVID-19 Informational Webinars for Long-Term Services and Supports on April 10 

The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) is hosting two webinars this Friday, April 10 for long-term services and supports (LTSS) stakeholders and providers about novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its implications for service delivery, case management, payment, operational changes, etc. Details follow below. 
The webinars are limited to 500 attendees and the phone line is limited to 300 callers, so we ask that you please only attend the webinar that most relates to you. You can listen and ask questions on the webinar without calling in using the phone line. 
We'd like to thank you for consistently engaging with us as the pandemic continues, and for your flexibility and understanding during this time.
Disability Community 

Date and Time:
Friday, April 10, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. MST
 Webinar Call-in Information:
Local: 720-279-0026
Toll Free: 1-877-820-7831
Participant Code: 303146#

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ALL HCBS and PACE Providers and Case Management Agencies
Date and Time:
Friday, April 10, 2020
12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. MST
 Webinar Call-in Information:
Local: 720-279-0026
Toll Free: 1-877-820-7831
Participant Code: 303146#

Loopholes in COVID-19 Unemployment Program Threaten to Deplete Home Care Workforce

Posted: April 8, 2020

These unprecedented times have prompted unprecedented benefits. While the aim is positive, it could have a negative impact on home-based care providers, reports.

"That’s because the lush new financial benefits exceed what many caregivers would typically receive while working, incentivizing them to look for loopholes and pursue unemployment rather than remain in the workforce at a time when home-based care is more important than ever."

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Use This Excel Spreadsheet to Calculate Your PPE Burn Rate

Posted: April 8, 2020

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator excel icon[3 sheets] is a spreadsheet-based model that will help healthcare facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Non-healthcare facilities such as correctional facilities may also find this tool useful.

To use the calculator, enter the number of full boxes of each type of PPE in stock (gowns, gloves, surgical masks, respirators, and face shields, for example) and the total number of patients at your facility. The tool will calculate the average consumption rate, also referred to as a “burn rate,” for each type of PPE entered in the spreadsheet. This information can then be used to estimate how long the remaining supply of PPE will last, based on the average consumption rate. Using the calculator can help facilities make order projections for future needs.

System Requirements

  • Windows* operating system (MS Windows 2000 or newer)
  • Microsoft Excel (MS Office 2000 or newer)
  • 486 Pentium processor and at least 128MB RAM
  • 2 MB of hard drive storage space

* MS Windows and Office is a copyrighted product produced by Microsoft Corporation, based in Redmond, WA. Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Instructions for Downloading

Before loading and starting the PPE Burn Rate Calculator, you may need to change Excel’s security level. To do so:

  1. Open a blank Excel spreadsheet.
  2. Click Tools and then click Macro, choose Security.
  3. Set Security Level to Medium.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Double-click and open PPE Burn Rate Calculator file.
  6. When asked to Disable Macros or Enable Macros, click Enable Macros.

Downloading the Files

We recommend downloading and saving the PPE Burn Rate Calculator spreadsheet to your computer before opening the spreadsheet. Taking this step will open the spreadsheet in Excel rather than your web browser.

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