Oct. 7, 2021
This newsletter provides implementation updates from the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department) on House Bill (HB) 18-1136 and is distributed periodically during the benefit development process.
SUD Provider Forum Update

Beginning in July, the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Provider Forum transitioned to focus on implementation of legislative requirements outlined in SB 21-137. The Department was required to address some components of the legislation by Oct. 1st, including drafting a quarterly report of Utilization Management metrics

The SUD Provider Forum is hosted on Zoom and requires participants to register to attend. Meetings will now be quarterly on the first Wednesday of the month from 2 - 3 p.m. Upcoming meeting information is as follows:

Oct. 6, 2 - 3 p.m. Zoom Registration 
Jan. 5, 2 - 3 p.m. Zoom Registration

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please notify the Department 504/ADA Coordinator or Victoria Laskey at least one week before the meeting to make arrangements.
Recovering Out Loud with Tough as a Mother

When we recover loudly, we keep other mothers from struggling in silence.

Please join Tough as a Mother in celebrating National Recovery Month. We are elevating and honoring the stories of tough moms across Colorado who are recovering loudly, so that other moms don't have to struggle in silence. These stories remind us that people can, and do, recover every day. The following social media posts can be shared widely to help raise awareness and honor those who are recovering, wherever they are in their recovery journey. You can also visit our website to see more powerful stories from Tough Mothers across Colorado. Please encourage mothers in your community to tell their stories. Instructions for our easy-to-use platform are here

Want to know more about Tough as a Mother’s history and founders? Learn more about the campaign and find additional campaign materials and resources.

Want to connect about the campaign? Contact us at outreach@toughasamother.org.
SUD Provider Network List

In collaboration with our Regional Accountable Entities (RAE) partners, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) has published a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Provider Network List. The list includes all residential and inpatient SUD treatment providers who are contracted with RAEs to provide SUD services. This list continues to be updated regularly and made available on the Department’s SUD webpage, Ensuring a Full Continuum of SUD Benefits under "IMPORTANT UPDATES." The list is available in two formats: 

  • A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that allows filtering of SUD providers by provider name, location, level of care provided, contracted RAEs, etc. (note: when opening the Excel spreadsheet, please select “Read Only.”)

  • A print friendly PDF with SUD provider information formatted as a table
Reminder: Bed Count Updates

Providers enrolled with Health First Colorado report their bed count numbers in their enrollment application to comply with federal reporting requirements. If there is a change in the number of beds at a provider location, please be sure to update the number of beds in the provider enrollment portal. Bed counts should reflect capacity without COVID-19 related capacity restrictions. Technical assistance for the portal is provided by Gainwell at 1-(844)-235-2387.


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