Jan. 19, 2022
Happy New Year HTP stakeholders! We are wrapping up Implementation Planning and hospitals are moving into project ramp-up. The HTP is gearing up for the data reporting “dress rehearsal” in March and will be training hospitals on the process in early to mid-February. We will also be rolling out updated measure specifications details in the next month and will be working on materials and guidance for quarterly reporting ahead of HTP reportable activity beginning in April. A lot on the go, and more details to come on all of these efforts over the next few months. This month we are excited to unveil the HTP Dashboard available to the public. More information around that is in this newsletter. Here we go 2022! 

Thank you,

Matt Haynes
Special Finance Projects Manager
HTP Timeline
Implementation Plan Approval Notices

The HTP team has reviewed all hospitals' implementation plans. Letters for hospitals whose implementation plans have been approved will be sent out over the next week. 
Public Dashboard

The Collaboration, Performance, and Analytics System (CPAS) hospitals will be using for HTP now has a public dashboard that stakeholders can access to view which measures and interventions each participating hospital is doing. The information is sortable and can be exported into Microsoft Excel. You can view the new dashboard here
Upcoming Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Training

2022 Colorado AIM: Substance Use Disorder Learning Collaborative 
Interested in reducing maternal death due to suicide and accidental overdose? Join a quality improvement initiative in 2022. 
 
According to CDPHE's latest Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) report, the leading causes of maternal death in Colorado are suicide and accidental overdose. Perinatal providers in hospital and outpatient settings have an immense opportunity to help prevent these deaths. Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) is kicking off its second year of the Colorado Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM): Substance Use Disorder Learning Collaborative - and is now opening the Collaborative to outpatient as well as inpatient perinatal providers! 

Below is a one-pager about the Learning Collaborative. The objective of the Collaborative is to reduce maternal deaths among patients with substance use disorder, depression, and anxiety through comprehensive, patient-centered screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) on hospital L&D units and in outpatient prenatal care settings.  
 
This free quality improvement initiative offers provider education, customized coaching and technical assistance, data support, and a community of practice to optimize care. 
The Collaborative kicks off on Feb. 10, 2022. Please reach out to info@cpcqc.org to join or to receive more information. 
 
Telligen 2022 Community Initiative Funding Opportunities

In 2022, Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) will be focusing its grantmaking on two priority areas: social determinants of health/health equity and health care workforce development. The deadline for grant applications is coming up quickly for Colorado (Feb. 28, 2022). The one-step application process is completed through the 2022 RFP .The online portal on their webpage supports this streamlined process and TCI staff are available to discuss your project further as well as answer any questions. Please contact them by calling 515-554-2908 or emailing mmcgarvey@telligenci.org  
HB21-1198 Update/Stakeholder Meetings

House Bill (HB) 21-1198 creates a new safety net program for low-income patients that covers all general acute and critical access hospitals, all free standing emergency departments, and all health care professionals who work within those settings. The Department is in the process of creating the various documents and rules for that program. HB 21-1198, also known as the Hospital Discounted Care program, will begin on June 1, 2022. HB 21-1198 also directs the Department to amend current Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) policies to align with Hospital Discounted Care where possible. The CICP rules will be updated at the same time the rules for Hospital Discounted Care are presented to the Medical Services Board (MSB). The rules are scheduled to be presented during the March 11, 2022 MSB meeting. 
 
Registerto attend one of the Hospital Discounted Care Stakeholder meetings: 
 
Jan 18, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. for consumers, advocates and other stakeholders 
 
Jan. 19, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. for consumers, advocates and other stakeholders 
 
Jan. 20, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. for providers 
 
The draft rules for this program will be presented at a webinar on Feb. 16, 2022, from
9 - 11 a.m. Please register to attend. 
 
Live Spanish interpretation will be provided for all three stakeholder meetings and the rules reading. 
 
Please visit our Hospital Discounted Care webpage or reach out to us by email hcpf_HospDiscountCare@state.co.us for more information. 
Prescriber Tool

The Prescriber Tool helps Coloradans save money on health care by empowering providers with information on prescription drug costs and affordable alternatives. It reduces administrative burden for providers, while also improving convenience for patients. 
 
Please contact your IT Support Staff, EHR Training Team, or EHR vendor to access the “Real-Time Prescription Benefit” and get training and education materials. 

For more information, please visit our webpage or contact Lauren Hussey.
Hospital Workgroup

The December hospital workgroup welcomed all seven Regional Accountable Entities (RAEs) who presented and answered questions from the hospitals on the current engagement with hospitals around HTP, what next steps look like for measures, and how the hospitals can best engage with the RAE as a stakeholder as a part of Community Health Neighborhood Engagement (CHNE) process. A recording of the presentations is here. The workgroup will meet again on January 20. 
Rural Support Program Attestation Process Webinar 

The Department will be hosting a webinar to discuss the next steps of the Rural Support Program as we progress through the first year of the program. This webinar will take place on Feb. 9, 2022, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. MST. 
 
Eligible hospitals received the first round of rural support supplemental payments in August and September of 2021 and continue to receive the payments on a monthly basis. The August and September 2021 payments were for the first program year that runs from October 2021 through September 2022. Prior to issuance, eligible hospitals were asked to complete an attestation documenting the intended use of the funds. This occurred in early 2021. To maintain the monthly funding amount, eligible hospitals will be required to submit an additional attestation form that outlines the progress your hospital has made in accomplishing the tasks initially documented. The Department will also ask if there are any updates to the priorities that were identified in the initial attestation process.  
 
An updated attestation form will be posted to the website linked above before the webinar on Feb. 9, 2022. It will also be emailed in advance of that date as a reminder. As a courtesy, the Department will be sending a bulleted list of the priorities your hospital identified one year ago prior to the webinar. Please take the time to review all materials in advance of the webinar to ensure all of your questions are answered. Any questions in the meantime can be directed to hcpf_RSF@state.co.us
Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) Support

The CHA continues to provide HTP support opportunities related to HTP interventions and measures along with technical assistance to hospitals through the project ramp-up period. Please reach out to Ali Rosenberg for more information. 
Community Advisory Council
Community Advisory Council meetings continue to take place monthly. The next meeting is on Monday, Jan. 24. Agendas, materials and notes from previous meetings are on the Community Advisory Council website.  
Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprise (CHASE) Board meeting
The next Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprise (CHASE) Board meeting will take place via Zoom
(Meeting ID: 843 9369 0923 and passcode: 979618) on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

Additional information about the board, as well as meeting materials, are on the CHASE Board website
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