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Colorado bills propose reforms to health care billing and payment

| Apr 26, 2022 | Colorado

Two health care bills that address medical billing and payment for Coloradans passed Third Reading in the Colorado House of Representatives on Monday and now head to the Senate. House Bills 1284 and 1325 would eliminate “surprise” health insurance billing and institute alternative payment models for primary care providers, respectively....[ Read More ]

Colorado lawmakers work to strengthen pipeline of geriatric providers

Eli Kirshbaum | Apr 22, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado’s ability to provide care to its nation-leading elderly population is “severely lacking,” according to Sen. Jessie Danielson (D - Lakewood), the sponsor of a new bill to fortify the state’s geriatric provider pipeline. Senate Bill 189 would create the Multidisciplinary Geriatric Provider Pipeline program at the University of Colorado...[ Read More ]

Division of Insurance partners with ORCAA to protect Colorado insurance consumers

| Apr 22, 2022 | Colorado

Cathy O’Neil and her firm will support the DOI’s implementation of a law that restricts the use of consumer data by insurers. Last summer, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill (SB) 21-169 - Restrict Insurers' Use of External Consumer Data - into law, which protects Colorado consumers from insurance practices that...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Morgan Medlock, Commissioner for the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration

| Apr 20, 2022 | Colorado

Appointed in January of 2022, Dr. Morgan Medlock is an emergency psychiatrist and addiction specialist with a passion for people and health equity. She previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Crisis and Emergency Services for the Washington, D.C., Department of Behavioral Health. She also serves on...[ Read More ]

Renewed legislative focus on seniors in Colorado promotes ‘age-friendly’ community development

| Apr 19, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado legislators have been focused on supporting seniors and nursing facilities this session through a series of bills that have either passed or are working their way through the General Assembly. Governor Jared Polis signed the Modernization of The Older Coloradans Act last month which restructured, codified, re-imagined a holistic,...[ Read More ]

Colorado COVID-19 community levels remain low

| Apr 14, 2022 | Colorado

The latest data show that COVID-19 community levels for the state remain low.  Based on the CDC’s weekly metrics for determining community levels, which measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system, 64 of the 65 counties in the state have “low” community levels of COVID-19, with only...[ Read More ]