Friday, September 18, 2020


Residential Care Facilities (Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, group homes, intermediate care facilities)

In Colorado, our healthcare facilities are facing a shortage of qualified workers. If you’re looking for a career in healthcare or are a qualified healthcare facility looking for workers, the Connect to Care Job site can help now.

Connect to Care Jobs is managed in partnership by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing and ADvancing States. ADvancing States, supported by Centene Corporation, built this tool in an effort to solve the critical problem that all healthcare and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers are facing—how to fill staffing gaps in a timely fashion.

For more information about Connect to Care, visit the website: Connect to Care Jobs

ALR IDR Committee Meeting 09/24/2020


To: ALR providers


The ALR IDR Committee will meet on 9/24/20 at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to listen to the committee discussion. The number to access the meeting is:  1 929-299-3492 PIN: 825 564 911# 

Elaine Sabyan

Reminder-Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020


To Assisted Living Residence Providers and Stakeholders

From: Dee Reda, Community Services Section Manager

The next Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting is on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Due to the demands of COVID-19 response both at the Department and at assisted living residences, the Assisted Living Advisory Committee meeting will not be held on the CDPHE campus but as a virtual meeting via Zoom.

The agenda focus for this meeting is to discuss licensure rules updates, Q&A regarding COVID-19, and program updates.

To participate via Web using Zoom Meetings: 
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Meeting ID: 881-545-146

The Zoom meeting screen will appear entitled “Assisted Living Advisory Committee”
Step #2: For sound, choose Phone Call or Computer Audio.
Step #3: You will now be in the Virtual Meeting Room.
If you have never attended a Zoom meeting before:
To participate by telephone:
Step #1: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833
Step #2: When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 881 545 146
Step #3: You will be on hold until a few moments before the meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Buuck at or call 303-903-2552 at least a business day in advance of the meeting.  

Changes to OBRA/PDPM MDS ITEMS October 1, 2020


To: Federally Certified Skilled Nursing Facilities Administrators, Directors of Nursing, MDS Coordinators, Billing and Coding Personnel, Licensed Nursing Facilities Administrators 

From: The Health Facilities Education and Quality (HFEQ) Branch of the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (HFEMSD)

Changes to OBRA/PDPM MDS Items
To help our nursing facility providers with understanding changes to the OBRA/PDPM MDS Items effective October 1, 2020, please review this presentation: OBRA/PDPM MDS ITEMS

Section S Items
No new Section S items will be collected as of 10/1/2020.
The current list of items collected by state is found on QTSO using the following link:

MDS Data Submission Specifications

Downtime this weekend
There is a regularly-scheduled monthly downtime will occur the weekend of September 19, 2020. Details in QTSO Memo 2020-58

Questions regarding IQIES? Please contact QTSO Help Desk at or 1 (888) 477-7876.

Want IQIES training? Please see CMS IQIES Training videos

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