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Behavioral health subpanel vice-chair discusses importance of recommendations on Colorado's future

| Jan 11, 2022 | Colorado

The Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force released a draft of their final recommendations last week, which are intended to inform behavioral health policymaking for the 2022 legislative session.  Before the release of the draft, a subpanel of health experts from throughout Colorado came together to give the legislative members of...[ Read More ]

Now open: Federal public notice and comment period for 1332 wavier application for Colorado Option

| Jan 7, 2022 | Colorado

On November 30, the Division of Insurance submitted a Section 1332 Innovation Waiver Request for the Colorado Option. On January 3, 2022 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the Division of its preliminary determination that the Division’s 1332 State Innovation Waiver Request application for the Colorado Option is considered complete. This...[ Read More ]

Announcing Colorado's first behavioral health commissioner

| Jan 4, 2022 | Colorado

Today, Governor Polis announced the appointment of Dr. Morgan Medlock as the new Behavioral Health Commissioner for the State of Colorado and as the newest member of the Governor's Cabinet. Dr. Medlock will begin her role on Jan. 18, 2022. “Colorado is entering a bold new era in delivering more...[ Read More ]

Colorado Medicaid suspends new PACE enrollments at InnovAge centers follow audit findings

| Dec 30, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) suspended new enrollments into InnovAge Colorado’s Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The Department has concurrently directed a corrective action process requiring InnovAge Colorado to address patient care concerns in all their Colorado sites. The decision follows extensive...[ Read More ]

Primary care collaborative releases recommendations report on moving towards value-based care and equitable outcomes

| Dec 30, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Primary Care Payment Collaborative (the Collaborative) released its third annual recommendations report recently, offering guidance on how to strengthen their primary care system and increase investments in delivery. The report builds on recommendations made in previous years and specifically focuses on investments in primary care, centering care delivery...[ Read More ]

Robert Werthwein, director of OBH, discusses his departure from the position

| Dec 23, 2021 | Colorado

Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) at the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS), recently announced his departure in late February from his position. He currently does not have definitive plans for future employment and is still “exploring his options.”  He cites the upcoming creation of...[ Read More ]