Monday, December 5, 2016

Home Care Advisory Committee Meeting Reminder, 12/06/2016

This is a reminder of the upcoming home care advisory committee meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The bi-monthly meeting is open to the public and held at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The agenda includes division updates and a discussion of home care rules and regulations, with recommendations made by the committee to the Department. Meeting details are as follows:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
Conference Room C1A. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2-4 p.m.

Dial-In Number:
Code: 527044

Live Webcast:

Please contact Matt Shadle, Home Care Services Section Manager, with any questions at 303-692-2981, 

Assisted Living Residence Providers and Stakeholders

You are invited to attend our next Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, December 8, 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 "12/8/16 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.

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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. 

Nursing Home Requirements of Participation Phase I Training

LeadingAge Colorado is offering a half-day training program on December 13 to

(1) Help nursing home providers understand the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rules changes to nursing home requirements, and to
(2) Navigate the changes that need to be in place before the surveyors arrive.

These are the most significant changes to the delivery of nursing home care since OBRA 1987. The CMS officially published the final rules on Oct. 4, 2016. They will be implemented in three phases, with the first phase being November 28, 2016. The majority of Phase I requirements involve documentation and clarification of written policies and procedures, including new definitions.

Presenters include Todd Selby, attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., and Jo Tansey, nursing facilities section manager, Health Facilities & Emergency Medical Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)

For more details and to reserve your spot, please view the training announcement at:

The registration deadline in December 9.

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Palace Construction,7 S. Galapago St., Denver, CO 80223
Cost: $25 for members; $50 for non-members

For more information, contact Sarah McVeigh at 303-837-8834 or

HIPAA Compliance for Desk Revisit Documentation Submission

CDPHE will be implementing some procedural changes in the desk revisit process, specifically, in regards to how to submit documentation via email while ensuring HIPAA compliance standards are maintained. In the posted memorandum of understanding, you will find additional details regarding these procedural changes as well as an instructional guide providing step by step instructions on the new process. The memo and procedures "HIPAA Compliance when submitting records" can be found on our website in the "Policies, guidelines and publications" section. Providers are required to follow this new procedure when submitting documentation through email. 

If you have any questions regarding the process or encounter any technical issues, please feel free to contact either Jason Bohl at 303-692-6221 or the Revisit Desk Coordinator at 303-692-2818.

NF (LTC) IDR Committee Meeting

The NF (LTC) IDR Committee will meet 12/6/16 at 1:30 p.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 339028. 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