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Hospital Rules Revision Stakeholder Meeting – 7/2/20

To: All Stakeholders
From: HFEMSD
In keeping with the statutory requirement to routinely review and update our regulations, the department is continuing the stakeholder process for the regulatory review of 6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter 4 – General Hospitals, Chapter 10 – Rehabilitation Hospitals, Chapter 18 – Psychiatric Hospitals, and Chapter 19 – Hospital Units. These chapters cover a wide range of topics that impact hospitals, both general and specialty.
Meetings are open to the public. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom only .
When: Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Remote access through Zoom ( https://zoom.us/j/990049166)
Audio line:  1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:  990 049 166
The stakeholder meeting schedule, agendas, documents and detailed information regarding the rule revision process can be accessed at this link:
We recommend that you return to this site on the day of the meeting to check for additional or revised meeting materials.
Meeting documents, schedules and archived agendas are available on the department website: 
To sign up to receive email communications regarding the hospital rules review go to:
If you have any questions prior to then, feel free to contact Anne Strawbridge at  [email protected] or Monica Billig at [email protected] .
If you have never used Zoom before:
Prior to the meeting, you will need to  install Zoom . Please allow time to do so beforehand. If you plan to join by phone please be aware that some functions are unavailable. It is usually best to use a computer. Below are instructions for joining a Zoom meeting:
 

Colorado Nurses Association Seeking Feedback on Staffing Support 

Posted: June 22, 2020

We need to hear from you.

As providers we are experiencing expanded elective, non-emergent health care services, we want to be sure that front line workers continue to have the resources necessary to provide for safe and quality care for patients, while maintaining personal safety as well.

Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is reviewing the licensing requirements for Colorado hospitals licensing and Nurse Staffing.

Please complete the following revised survey designed to inform Colorado Nurses Association leadership of what is working and what needs work to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and assure workforce safety.

Colorado Nurses Advocates for Action: Nurse Staffing Regulation Survey

 

Colorado Nurses Association Continues Nurse Support Group

Posted: June 22, 2020

Colorado COVID-19 Nurse Support Group for All Colorado RNs and LPNs and Colorado Student Nurses

Colorado Nurses are on the front line dealing with the Coronavirus public health crisis.

Colorado Nurses Association will continue to offer voluntary support groups to aid in shared problem solving.  The group is facilitated by experienced RNs and APRNs and hosted through a HIPAA compliant telephone platform.

The support groups will continue Tuesday’s, 7pm – 8pm, MST and will run weekly until further notice.  

These groups are available at no-cost for all Colorado RNs and LPNs and Colorado Student Nurses. Peer support groups are not intended to replace treatment, therapy or self-help groups. 

To register, click here. Information collected through this link is confidential, and will only be used by the facilitator.

 

2020 CNA Awards Call for Nominations

Posted: June 21, 2020

The CNA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 CNA Awards. The Awards will be presented during the 2020 Membership Assembly Meeting. More details to follow. The awards for consideration are:

  • Margie Ball Cook Award for a CNA member who has advanced equal opportunities in nursing for members of minority groups.
  • Sara Jarrett Award for a CNA member who has contributed to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity.
  • CNA Leadership Award for a CNA member who has served as a leader in CNA through service on the Board of Directors or on a committee or task force.
  • CNA Emerging Leader Award for a CNA member who has been a nurse for no more than ten years and who is emerging as a leader in CNA or a DNA.
  • Carol O’Meara Award for a CNA member who has made sustained contributions to CNA.

Nominations will also be accepted for the CNA Hall of Fame. The CNA Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor CNA Members whose dedication and achievements have significantly affected the Colorado nursing profession. 

For more information on these awards and more, click here.

 

Governor Polis Update : Congratulation Columbine Health Systems and Telehealth Updates

June 20, 2020

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

We currently have 29,901 cases, 1,638 total deaths (1,417 are deaths due to COVID), and 5,308 hospitalizations out of 264,466 completed tests. Every death is a tragedy. There are families mourning across our state today and we keep them in our thoughts.  

In terms of new cases, 12 of the last 14 days have had a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases. And in terms of hospitalizations, 8 of the last 14 days have a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations

This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily and can be found here.

New Allowances Going Into Effect June 18th

Colorado is the only state in the Pacific or Mountain time zones that is seeing a steady decline in case counts. We are pleased by this progress, but as said before, this doesn’t mean we can let up. Nobody wants to see those trendlines turn around. Which means we have to remain vigilant and continue to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It means we have to double down on what’s working -- distancing, wearing masks, practicing proper hygiene. And these precautions are even more important as we continue to reopen.

As we said on Monday, we will be relaxing restrictions on a few more areas of our economy and society. 

  • Residential summer camps may open with groups of 10 kids indoors, 25 kids outdoors, similar to day camps

  • Indoor events can open up to 25% capacity with limits on the maximum number of people based on the size of the space.

  • Outdoor events can open up to 50% capacity with limits on the maximum number of people based on the size of the space.

  • Bars will be able to open at 25% or up to 50 people indoors, and must follow the same guidelines as restaurants where parties are seated and intermingling of parties is discouraged. Outdoors parties must be spaced 6ft apart, up to local capacity limits.

  • Personal services will be able to expand to include things like facials, beard trimming, lip waxing, etc. where the client has to take off a mask -- these services are permitted if the worker has adequate protection.

  • Non-critical manufacturing facilities can expand in-person workforce up to 50% or 50 people per room.

We can only take these steps to reopen because Coloradans have been being smart and being diligent about protecting ourselves and others. 

Risks / Benefits

And as we continue to reopen, more of the burden is placed on the individual to do the right thing. It means we have to use common sense and consider the level of risk when participating in certain activities. We need to be honest with ourselves:

  • How many other people will be participating in this activity?

  • Is the activity outside?

  • Can we put distance between myself and others?

  • How long will the activity take?

  • Do we feel 100% healthy?

  • How will we get there? Biking, walking, driving in a car are safer than public transportation.

  • Do we live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if we happened to bring the virus home?

  • And what is the value of this activity to me versus the risk we’re taking?

Things like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities, shopping outdoors at a farmer’s market -- these are fairly low risk activities. Things like dining out, playing on the playground, shopping indoors, visiting a swimming pool -- these carry a medium risk. And then activities like airline travel, concerts, attending worship services in-person, personal services, bars, gyms, large gatherings -- these carry a higher risk.

So please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution. We encourage you to visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.

Telehealth Update

We’re all adapting to this new reality where more and more things are done online in order to reduce in-person interactions. One of the most important developments to emerge is the use of telehealth services.

We’ve taken steps to make it easier for Coloradans to receive health care from the comfort and safety of their own home using a mobile phone, computer, or home phone.

At the beginning of this pandemic, we took executive action to ensure that insurers, including Indian Health Services and Medicaid, continue to reimburse providers for telehealth services. And we are thrilled that the legislature passed legislation to protect that access. 

We want to praise our Office of E-Health Innovation for making Colorado a leader in telehealth before this pandemic, and for going above and beyond in recent months to expand telehealth options for residents.

The Governor is proud to announce a centralized website -- healthathome.colorado.gov/ -- which is a one-stop-shop for information about telehealth.

The Health at Home Colorado website, available in English and Spanish, is intended to encourage visitors to engage in virtual visits with their provider, through their insurance, or find free resources for accessing virtual care.

In addition, we’ve also created a toolkit with campaign materials that can be used by community partners to increase the awareness of virtual care. 

This is incredibly important for Coloradans in rural and mountain communities so they can access care without traveling long distances, and a lifeline for folks served by federally qualified health centers. The more people use telehealth, the more interactions we can avoid, and the more we can do to suppress COVID-19.

Columbine Health Systems

We also want to take a moment to praise everyone who has been involved with the effort to respond to outbreaks in long-term care facilities -- CO National Guard, CDPHE, Colorado State University, and other partners.

We know that these facilities are particularly vulnerable, given the age of the residents, the likelihood of underlying health conditions, and close proximity between residents. So we are glad to report that Columbine Health Systems -- which had the first long-term care facility to experience an outbreak in Colorado -- now has zero positive tests and zero residents with symptoms.

Again -- none of this means we are out of the woods. Quite the opposite -- it means that the extraordinary steps we are taking to protect older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions -- are working. And we need to keep it up!

Help inform the state’s COVID-19 communications

The State of Colorado is conducting public opinion research to inform COVID-19-related education and communications. This research includes a special focus on traditionally marginalized communities. You can help us make sure all voices are heard by sharing a short online survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Those who complete the survey can enter to win one of four $250 gift cards. The survey will close at midnight on Friday, June 26. 

If you have any questions, please contact CDPHE representatives Alison Reidmohr at [email protected] or Jessica Bralish at [email protected]. Thank you for your help!

Supreme Court Decision on DACA

This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling protecting hundreds of thousands of DREAMers from deportation. We are thrilled that Colorado’s DREAMers -- our friends, our neighbors, our fellow Americans -- will no longer be forced to live in fear. 

And while we are glad the court made the right decision, we still need Congress to take action and create a pathway to citizenship. Here in Colorado, we know our immigrants make our state, and our country, a stronger and a better place to live.

And now that the Supreme Court has decided that DREAMers are here to stay, it’s time for the federal government to come back to the table and work together on a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.

 
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