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  • Policy Corner: Rural Hospitals, Schools and Roads to Get Some Much Needed Relief – Sustainability of Rural Colorado Bill Introduced!

    By on March 29, 2017

    Policy Corner Rural Hospitals, Schools and Roads to Get Some Much Needed Relief: Sustainability of Rural Colorado Bill Introduced! The long-awaited Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) compromise bill, SB17-267, has been introduced with bipartisan support.  In addition to converting the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund, the extensive legislation...

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  • March CEO Article:The Forum is Coming! The Forum is Coming!

    By on March 29, 2017

    The Forum Is Coming! The Forum Is Coming! Just as Paul Revere warned the town that the British were coming, I’m letting you know the Forum is coming.  The band Weezer released a song called “The British Are Coming”   and in the song it says “our mission is to...

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  • Policy Corner: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking About the Hospital Provider Fee (Plus Answers!)

    By on February 28, 2017

    5 Questions You Should Be Asking About the Hospital Provider Fee (Plus Answers!)   A very hot topic at the Capitol this legislative session (yet again) is the Hospital Provider Fee (HPF).  While this term may be unfamiliar to most people, many of you have been interacting with the fee...

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  • February CEO Update: Policy Institute 2017

    By on February 28, 2017

    February CEO Update: Policy Institute 2017 This month, I had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and I have to admit I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to exploring our history.  Just having the opportunity to stand and walk through the same halls used by...

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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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