March 22, 2019
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – March 22, 2019 – CHA applauds the Division of Insurance for investing the time and resources to obtain the actuarial analysis for HB 19-1168. While the report sheds light on some aspects of this proposal there are still many unanswered questions and fundamental flaws in this bill. “For the first time …
March 6, 2019
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – Leaders from Colorado’s rural hospitals traveled to the Capitol today to meet with legislators and discuss topics of key importance – including health care affordability, access to care in rural Colorado and opportunities for regulatory relief. Rural hospitals are often the lifeblood of their communities, yet many are challenged by state …
February 7, 2019
Colorado Hospital Association strongly supports ensuring that patients are informed of their rights and protected from unexpected financial consequences when they receive care. Katherine Mulready, CHA senior vice president and chief strategy officer explained “The bill’s sponsors said today that they are looking for the ‘sweet spot’ that will bring consumers, carriers, providers and facilities …
January 29, 2019
In their ongoing support for meaningful transparency and being part of the solution in managing health care costs and affordability, CHA supports Rep. Chris Kennedy’s House Bill 19-1001, legislation to further hospital cost transparency. The bill will require hospitals to report a number of components to the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing …
January 25, 2019
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – Jan. 25, 2019 – Today, a coalition of Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Colorado Medical Society (CMS) announced the launch of a new safety initiative – The Colorado Opioid Solution – Colorado Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic (CO’s CURE). This program seeks …
January 16, 2019
Today, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is releasing “Health Care Costs and Hospitals: Drivers and Opportunities” – a report that examines a number of components that are tied to health care costs and affordability. Despite recent reports of higher than average costs in Colorado, Colorado actually spent the 5th lowest amount per capita on health care in 2014 (the most recent year for national expenditure data) and nearly 17 percent less per person than the national average. This report examines those comparisons to national data, as well as the role of the cost of living in Colorado and its impact on administrative and capital costs for hospitals; the correlation between hospital overhead costs and health insurance premiums and how hospital building and development compares to national trends.
January 14, 2019
In the 2019 legislative session, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is helping bring forward legislation to create a new licensure category through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs). The Association is pursuing this effort to help address concerns from consumers, legislators and stakeholders in recent years about the proliferation of FSEDs and their billing practices.
December 21, 2018
Colorado Hospital Association and its 110 member hospitals and health systems congratulate Governor-elect Polis and the transition team on their Cabinet nominations. Specifically, CHA congratulates Kim Bimestefer on being nominated as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
October 11, 2018
Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems are disappointed that Kaiser Permanente Colorado shifted blame to Colorado hospitals instead of taking any responsibility for its recent business decisions in light of its projected $65 million loss. By its own admission, Kaiser’s hospital expenses have increased a modest 2.7 percent annually in recent years, while Kaiser premiums in the individual market have increased more than 70 percent since 2014.
September 28, 2018
“In recent years, Colorado has made great strides in improving coverage and access to care for all Coloradans,” Steven J. Summer, CHA president and CEO, said. “With a record low uninsured rate, we are beginning to see the system work as it should – with people accessing preventive and primary care and not just relying on the hospital emergency department for care when medical conditions become emergent. Anything that sets us back from that progress – which we believe this proposal has the potential to do – should be reconsidered.”