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Colorado Hospital Association and Colorado Health Care Association Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Implementation

Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems, along with Colorado’s long-term care facilities and the Colorado Health Care Association, share the Governor’s goal of providing safe patient care by ensuring all Colorado health care workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. As part of the Board of Health (BOH) mandate enacted on Aug. 30, today is the first of several deadlines requiring health care workers to become vaccinated or lose their jobs.

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Colorado Hospitals Activate Tier 1 of Combined Hospital Transfer Center to Help Manage Increased COVID-19 Patient Hospitalizations

Colorado hospitals and health systems have reactivated Tier 1 of the Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC) to help transfer patients during Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the increased transmission of the Delta variant this summer, COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on a significant increase over the past several weeks in Colorado. Some hospitals in the state have started to report capacity and staffing concerns with the current and projected case levels.

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Colorado Health Care Community Urges Additional Actions to Protect Colorado Communities from COVID-19

Today, 19 Colorado health care organizations urge support for the following steps to stop the spread of COVID-19: All health care employees should become vaccinated; Join us in expressing support for health care organizations that independently adopt policies requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees and staff, with local factors determining whether, how, and when such policies are implemented; and individuals ages 2 and older should follow CDC guidelines for mask wearing indoors, especially children returning to in-person learning this fall.

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Colorado Hospital Association Releases Final CO’s CURE Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Obstetrician/Gynecologists

CHA and its partners released the final set of specialty specific opioid prescribing guidelines in their latest effort to combat the opioid epidemic from within hospitals. These guidelines were developed in partnership with the Colorado Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and are part of one of the largest coordinated efforts to reduce opioid prescribing in the nation.

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CHA Statement on Draft Public Option Legislation

“We are continuing to review the bill draft and will not take a position until the bill is introduced,” said Katherine Mulready, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Colorado Hospital Association. “However, based on this most recent draft, we remain concerned about numerous components.”

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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Vaccine Rollout in Colorado

Today, Colorado hospitals and health systems are receiving their first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which received its Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late last week. Hospitals have been preparing for this for the last several weeks, working through a number of questions and considerations like storage, tiering staff, identifying the vaccine administration site and internal and external communication.

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