CHA Statement on Senate Bill Draft

What We Do

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of the state’s hospital community, representing over 100 hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA serves as a trusted, credible resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for the media, policymakers and the general public. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. CHA focus areas include:

Legislative Policy and Advocacy: CHA provides state and federal legislators and policy makers with information regarding key subjects, such as health care reform and its effects on both Colorado’s hospitals and the communities they serve. CHA also helps to educate elected officials about the important role that Colorado’s hospitals play in their communities and the many ways that state lawmakers can work with their local hospitals to support a healthier constituency.

Clinical Excellence: CHA is committed to improving clinical excellence in hospitals across the state. CHA works to enhance the culture of safety among member hospitals by offering educational opportunities, technical support and guidance on a variety of evidence-based initiatives that both expand the quality of care and advance leadership’s commitment to patient safety issues. CHA is an active leader and participant in key patient safety projects, including the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative.

Center for Health Information and Data Analytics: CHA has created a robust analytics function that is crucial to informing CHA’s advocacy on behalf of its members. The Center for Health Information and Data Analytic’s goal is to proactively use data to predict the effect of potential policy changes on hospitals and health systems and study variations in clinical practice throughout the state.

Financial Policy: CHA continually provides its members with information and updates regarding payer functions and government reimbursement. The Association vigorously advocates on behalf of its members to ensure the financial stability of hospitals, and allow them to best serve their communities.

Health Care Delivery and Payment Reform: CHA is committed to continually educating its members about federal and state health care reform efforts, and the impacts that those efforts may have on hospitals and patients. Central components of CHA’s day-to-day operations include maintaining the Colorado Hospital Provider Fee, promoting insurance coverage, Medicaid expansion and access to care, and supporting members in integrating the Value-Based Purchasing Program at hospitals statewide.

Education and Events: CHA is committed to meeting both the ongoing and emerging educational needs of its members. The Association offers a range of timely and cost-effective educational programs focusing on relevant topics impacting Colorado hospitals now and in the future. CHA also hosts annual events for members that include the CHA Annual Meeting, CEO Forum, Patient Safety Leadership Congress, Rural Hospital Conference and Western Regional Trustee Symposium.

Rural Health and Hospitals: CHA strives to ensure that rural communities maintain access to high-quality and affordable health care. Critical access hospitals (CAHs) play an essential role in keeping our rural communities healthy. The Association addresses workforce shortages, hosts events, supports telemedicine and provides resources to help rural hospitals address the unique challenges they face in the evolving health care landscape.

CHA Shared Services: CHA Shared Services is a subsidiary of CHA, supporting Colorado’s health care facilities by providing a broad array of strategic services that generate revenues in support of CHA membership. Services include CHA Financial Advisors, CHA Career Center, CHA Workers’ Compensation Trust and unemployment representation.

Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN): CTN is Colorado’s core network infrastructure to increase health information technology in ways not possible without a high-capacity, broadband network. CTN services include connecting more than 200 hospitals, clinics and behavioral health care centers in order to support sharing and storage of data, medical images and electronic health records.

Hospital Emergency Preparedness (HEP): The CHA HEP program supports Colorado hospitals preparedness and response efforts through the provision of training, educational programs, resources and coordination of efforts among hospitals and with state and federal partners.