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Spread The Word About Open Enrollment

December 3, 2018

The open enrollment period for individual health insurance for 2019 – with coverage options accessible via Healthcare.gov – runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2018.  
The open enrollment period is the only opportunity for individuals to enroll or re-enroll in an existing exchange plan for coverage for calendar year 2019. All consumers can access federal and state exchanges via Healthcare.gov

Consumers enrolled in a plan in 2018 who fail to update their information by Dec. 15 will be automatically re-enrolled in the same or similar plan for 2019 (and must pay their premium for January to maintain coverage); consumers who were not enrolled in 2018 and do not sign up for a plan for 2019 will be locked out of exchange coverage until 2020.

ANA encourages nurses and all other health care professionals to remind their patients to sign up during open enrollment by visiting HealthCare.gov.

 

Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy & Finance Notice of Rule Changes

November 29, 2018

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing - Medical Services will be holding a rulemaking hearing on Friday, January 11th, 2019, 9:00 am on rules regarding Timely Filing. The hearing will be held at: 303 East 17th Avenue, 11th Floor, Denver CO 80203.

The purpose of this rulemaking is: 

 

The proposed Timely Filing Rule is to update the restriction placed on how quickly providers must submit health care claims to Health First Colorado. Prior to the implementation of the Colorado interChange, timely filing was set at 120 days. Some providers experienced billing difficulties during the implementation, so the Department issued a temporary extension of the time frame. Initially, the timely period was extended to 240 days, and then further increased to 365 days, which is the maximum allowed under federal regulations. The Department has reassessed the policy and decided to make this temporary extension a permanent change to assist providers in health care claims submissions and to align with federal regulations.

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Saturday, December 15th, 2018.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing.

 

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing - Medical Services will be holding a rulemaking hearing on Friday, January 11th, 2019, 9:00 am on rules regarding School Health Services Program. The hearing will be held at: 303 East 17th Avenue, 11th Floor, Denver CO 80203.

The purpose of this rulemaking is: 

 

The proposed changes to the SHS rules are to maintain the 120 days for timely filing and not have the SHS Program go with the new update to 365 days to submit claims. Changing to 365 days would have a negative impact on the school districts because it would delay payments to the school districts. In addition if we do not update the SHS rules the SHS state plan amendment would have to be updated as the two would be contradicting each other.

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Saturday, December 15th, 2018.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing.

 

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing - Medical Services will be holding a rulemaking hearing on Friday, January 11th, 2019, 9:00 am on rules regarding Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facili. The hearing will be held at: 303 East 17th Avenue, 11th Floor, Denver CO 80203.

The purpose of this rulemaking is: 

 

The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) and Residential Child Care Facility (RCCF) rule section at 10 C.C.R. 2505-10, Section 8.765, requires an update to reflect the most current diagnostic manual, agency names, statutory references, State Plan Amendments, assessment tools, and federal requirements concerning restraint and seclusion. To align the rule with current practice, the update also identifies the Colorado Department of Human Services' (CDHS) Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) as the agency responsible for designating and licensing RCCFs and the requirement that PRTFs be certified by CDHS has been removed. Finally, the update includes a provision concerning RCCFs' ability to enroll as a separate provider type to render medically necessary services not included in the RCCF benefit. While this has always been the case, it is not specified in the current rule.

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Saturday, December 15th, 2018.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing.

We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for taking the time to participate in the rulemaking process.

 

 

Colorado Nurses Association Denounces Violence 

 

Workplace Violence Preventions Webinar Friday, November 30, 2018

November 27, 2018

 
    

Workplace Violence Prevention: Recommendations for Nurses 

   

Earn CNE credit* by Attending NSO’s Complimentary Webinar

Can’t make it to the live webinar event? No problem! Register to receive an email notification when the archived recording is available.

When: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

Click Here to Register

OVERVIEW:
Violence or abuse experienced in the workplace is a critical issue that many organizations face. Nurses are at increased risk for experiencing workplace violence due to their close contact with patients as well as working in an occupational environment marked by stress and burnout. It is imperative that nurses be well educated and fully informed as they deal with this daunting topic. This course will review the topic of violence in the workplace, discuss steps that can be taken to prevent or diffuse its effects and most importantly, explain how to create and implement an effective workplace violence prevention plan. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information so they may better recognize, address, and prevent violence in their workplaces.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the scope of workplace violence in healthcare.
  • Recognize risk factors and hazards commonly associated with workplace violence. 
  • Review components of an effective workplace violence prevention program. 
  • Identify risk control techniques for organizational leadership and nurses to help increase workplace safety

SPEAKERS:

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, Risk Manager, Nurses Service Organization (NSO)
  • Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM, Risk Control Director, CNA Healthcare

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND ENDS 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE WEBINAR START TIME.
To register, click here.

In order to earn CE credit for this event: Participants must (1) register, (2) attend the entire live event on 11/30/18 at 2pm ET, and (3) complete the post event survey evaluation. Only those who meet these requirements will be issued a certificate of completion. It is the responsibility of the participant to make accommodations for time zone. 

To view other risk management information, please visit www.nso.com. For additional information, you may contact NSO at 1-800-247-1500.

*This activity is eligible for CNE credit; see final announcement for specific details.

Provider Accreditation
This activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and jointly provided by Nurses Service Organization.

Lippincott Professional Development (LPD) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. 

This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 1.0 contact hours, District of Columbia, Florida #FBN50-1223, and Georgia Board of Nursing #50-1223. 

 
 
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