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  • Governor Hickenlooper Identifies Rural Colorado as a Priority in State of State Address

    By on January 24, 2017

    Governor Hickenlooper Identifies Rural Colorado as a Priority in State of the State Address By: Kelly Erb, Policy Coordinator January 2017–Policy Corner With one eye on the state’s $500 million deficit and the other on upcoming changes in Washington, Governor Hickenlooper and the split General Assembly enter the 2017...

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  • CEO Update: Happy New Year!

    By on January 23, 2017

    January CEO Update: Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed some well-deserved time off with family and friends!  One of the first things I like to do at the start of a new year is establish my goals and the goal that consistently makes my list is “sustaining rural health.”...

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  • December CEO Update: Hope

    By on December 27, 2016

      December CEO Update: Hope December has arrived and with it, some much needed snow! I love seeing everyone drive home with the fresh cut trees on top of their cars and can’t help but think of the iconic Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and the tree lightings, celebrations and family...

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  • CEO Update: November

    By on November 30, 2016

    CEO Update: November It is hard to believe, but November is almost over! November is the start of the holiday season for so many of us, but it is also a time to be thankful and express gratitude for others.  Most importantly November marks the month that we need...

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  • 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Changes

    By on November 2, 2016

    CMS has released the final rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Changes. This follows the proposed rulemaking released for comment on July 6th. While the rule covers many OPPS areas, it also has the anticipated change for the EHR incentive program’s 2016 reporting period.   For 2016,...

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  • CEO Update: October – Community is Everywhere

    By on October 27, 2016

    CEO Update: Community is Everywhere Last week, the Colorado Rural Health Center hosted our 2016 Annual Rural Health Conference. We host this conference every fall, but this year, it was particularly special. We celebrated our 25th Year of Service as your State Office of Rural Health and Rural Health Association....

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  • 2016 CMS Review Resources & Program Requirements

    By on October 12, 2016

    Visit the CMS Website to Review Resources on 2016 Program Requirements The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created the following materials to help providers attest successfully to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2016. Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals/Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) What...

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  • A Message from President Obama on National Health IT Week

    By on September 27, 2016

    Welcome to National Health IT Week 2016: A Message from the President, New Resources and Upcoming Events Welcome to National Health IT Week 2016! As promised, this week is jam packed with announcements, new health IT tools, and a look back on the progress this community has made in...

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  • September CEO Update: Making Mental Health a Priority

    By on September 26, 2016

    September and the end of summer has always given me a feeling of renewed energy in my work. Maybe it is the memories of starting a new school year or getting to buy fresh new school supplies. As we prepare to begin a new season, I am renewed in...

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  • BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces new CPT Codes for Advanced Care Planning

    By on September 22, 2016

    BREAKING NEWS:  CMS Announces new CPT Codes for Advanced Care Planning CMS announced coverage under Part B for advanced care planning-CPT codes 99497 and 99498.   CPT Code 99497 – Advance care planning (ACP) including the explanation and discussion of advance directives such as standard forms (with completion of...

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