Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Assisted Living Informal Dispute Resolution Committee

There is an upcoming vacancy for a facility representative on the Assisted Living Residence Informal Dispute Resolution (ALR IDR) Committee. This 5-member committee includes representatives from assisted living, state agencies (Health Care Policy and Finance and Ombudsman) and the Division's Assisted Living program. The committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month if requests have been submitted to the department for review. 

Facility representatives must have experience as either an ALR administrator or an ALR consultant. We encourage facility representatives outside the Denver area to apply; committee members may, on occasion, participate by phone. 

Facility representatives generally serve on the committee for four years. Each representative has an alternate with whom they may share voting responsibilities. 

Interested facility representatives may submit inquiries or send a resume to We will be collecting resumes through 10/31/2016.

MDS Changes October 1, 2016 from CMS

The MDS Item Set includes a new item "A0310H: Is this a SNF Part A Discharge Assessment?". 

The final RAI Manual v.14 will be in force as of Oct 1, 2016. This manual includes the new NPE Item set, intended for use when Item A0310H is needed but the resident remains in your facility past their Medicare Part A eligibility. 

The new finalized Manual, together with the document "Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program", clarifies that A0310H and Section GG is needed at the end of every Part A discharge, even if the entire 100 days of care eligibility are not required by the resident. 

In addition, a Part A PPS Discharge cannot be combined with an unscheduled PPS assessment (OMRA). Instead, two separate assessments must be done.

All facilities are advised to be aware that these documents will be in force soon. All software vendors should verify knowledge and version changes to incorporate these new items into skip patterns.

Also, software vendors should verify the adjustments in Delirium Section C. Items "C1300: Signs and Symptoms of Delirium (from CAM)" and "C1600: Acute Onset Mental Status Change" are now combined into "C1310: Signs and Symptoms of Delirium (from CAM)". This item numbering change will drive changes to the CAT algorithms used in care planning.

Questions?: Please email

Assisted Living Residence Providers and Stakeholders

You are invited to attend our next Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 12:00-3:00 PM in the Sabin-Cleere, located on the first floor of Building A on our Cherry Creek Campus.
For meeting agendas, handouts, etc. please go to: Click on the folder labeled "9/22/16 meeting." We recommend that you return to this site on the day of the meeting to check for additional or revised meeting materials. 

Telephone and web conferencing is available. 

To participate via Web: 

Step #1: Go to: 
The Adobe Connect screen will appear entitled "Assisted Living Advisory Committee Meeting" 
Step #2: Click "OK" option after you have read the text box message
Step #3: You will now be in the Virtual Meeting Room

Directions on how to participate once you have entered the room are in the "Meeting agendas, handouts, reports and minutes" link above.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection: 
Get a quick overview:

To participate by telephone:
Step #1: Dial 1-712-432-3066 
Step #2: When prompted, dial participant passcode 
Step #3: You will be on music hold until a few moments before 12:00 PM.
Step #4: Very important: Please press 4* and mute your telephone to prevent background noise. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question, press 4* to unmute. When you are finished talking, please re-mute your telephone using 4* again. 
Very Important: Do not use speakerphones or wireless headsets; they are not compatible with the audio conferencing technology.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Topkoff at or call 303-692-2848 at least a business day in advance of the meeting. 

Qualified Medication Administration Program (QMAP) Stakeholder Task Force 9/22/16

The second meeting of this task force is scheduled for next Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Sabin-Cleere Room. All meetings of this group are open to the public. If interested, we encourage you to attend and participate. The agenda, directions and handouts can be found at:

For questions please contact

Community Integrated Health Care Services Licensing Task Force Public Notice

The next meeting of the Community Integrated Health Care Services Licensing Task Force will be held Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, from 12 to 3 p.m. at:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South
Building A, Sabin Conference Room
Denver, CO 80246

All meetings are open to the public.

Conference call-in number: 712-432-3100, conference code: 
Adobe Connect:

Agenda and additional information are available on the CIHCS Google Drive folder. We have placed "EMTS_Community-Paramedic-Task-Force-Recommendations" in the Google drive folder. We have also put a campus map in the drive.

Please notify Crystal Cortes at, if you will be attending the meeting in person or via phone.

If you have any questions please contact Elaine McManis or Crystal Cortes or if you would like more information, please visit

ALR IDR Committee Meeting

The ALR IDR Committee will meet September 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Department. 

The public is welcome to observe or to listen to the committee discussion by calling 1.712.432.3066 and entering conference code 527044. 

Information on the location of the meeting will be available at the security desk in building A. 

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Sabyan at 303.692.2815 or