Press Releases

Colorado Hospital Association Statement Regarding Projected Decrease in Individual Health Insurance Marketplace in 2020

July 16, 2019

We are pleased that the Insurance Commissioner is projecting a decrease in premiums on the individual market for 2020, as it reflects the many efforts by hospitals and providers to take ownership of their portion of the total cost of care. In fact, a recent report credited moderate hospital spending with restraining overall health spending, and we believe that is evidenced in this release from the state. In addition, Colorado hospitals will be the main source of funding for the state’s two-year reinsurance program, further indication of the role that hospitals are playing in improving affordability for Coloradans.

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CHA President and CEO Steven Summer to Retire; CHA Executive Vice President Chris Tholen to Assume CEO Role

July 15, 2019

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) announced that its long-tenured President and CEO Steven J. Summer will retire at the end of the year. Summer assumed the role in 2006 after serving previously at the West Virginia Hospital Association and the Maryland Hospital Association. Chris Tholen, CHA executive vice president, will assume the role of CHA President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2020. Tholen was selected by a succession planning committee of the CHA Board of Trustees and received the full approval of the CHA Board earlier this year. He joined CHA in 2013 as the vice president of financial policy and chief financial officer after serving in a variety of roles at Kaiser Permanente.

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Colorado Hospital Association Shared Services Announces New Partnership with NurseGrid

July 8, 2019

Colorado Hospital Association Shared Services has announced a new partnership with NurseGrid, the premiere shift-filling solution, to aid CHA members in optimizing their scheduling and staffing processes for nurses.

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Colorado Hospital Association Shared Services Announces New Partnership with Western Healthcare Alliance

June 4, 2019

Colorado Hospital Association Shared Services is pleased to announce a new partnership with A-1 Collection Agency, a sister company of Western Healthcare Alliance, to be the preferred provider of bad debt collection services for CHA member hospitals and health systems.

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Colorado Hospital Association Supports Effort to Reduce Youth Nicotine and Tobacco Use Through Referred Measure

April 29, 2019

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) supports House Bill 19-1333 to send Colorado voters a referred measure increasing the state’s tobacco tax and include liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. “CHA and its member hospitals have historically supported measures of this kind, as they reduce use of tobacco and nicotine products and improve the health of our communities,” said Steven Summer, president and CEO, CHA.

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Colorado Hospital Association Supports Legislation to Improve Colorado’s Vaccination Rates

April 26, 2019

“Given the recent measles outbreak across the country, and the impact that has had not just on patient safety and public health – but also on health care costs, this is an ideal time to recognize the importance of vaccines in our health care system,” said Steven Summer, president and CEO, CHA. “CHA and its member hospitals support HB 19-1312 because we believe it will improve our state’s vaccination rates. This legislation is based on proven efforts to improve immunization rates, and vaccines are cost-effective and evidence-based way to prevent diseases in our communities.

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Colorado Hospital Association Advocates for Creation of Statewide Advance Directives Registry

April 16, 2019

This legislative session, CHA has helped develop Senate Bill 19-073, sponsored by Sen. Joann Ginal and Rep. Lois Landgraf, which would require the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to create and administer a new statewide electronic advance medical directives system, making them available to hospitals and health care providers through the state’s two health information exchanges. Colorado’s new system would be modeled after the many other states that have implemented a statewide electronic advance directives registry that allows providers to see a person’s wishes for medical treatment, regardless of where the person is seeking care and if he or she has provided a copy of the advance directives for the medical staff.

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Colorado Hospital Association Receives Funding From COPIC Medical Foundation to Further CO’s CURE Initiative

April 15, 2019

CHA was recently awarded a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to further its efforts to end the opioid epidemic in Colorado through the Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic (CO’s CURE). The CO’s CURE initiative aims to bring together the clinician/physician specialty societies of Colorado to develop the nation’s first comprehensive, multispecialty medical guidelines to address and resolve the opioid epidemic in Colorado.

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Colorado Hospitals Reach Agreement on Reinsurance Bill

April 5, 2019

Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems are committed to improving the affordability of health care in Colorado. The Association has worked diligently with the Gov. Polis Administration and Reps. Julie McCluskie (D-Dillon) and Janice Rich (R-Grand Junction) and Sens. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) on this year’s reinsurance proposal – House Bill 19-1168. This work was focused on developing a reinsurance program that could successfully reduce premiums for Coloradans without causing unintended consequences for Colorado’s providers, including hospitals. CHA has moved to neutral on this bill, with the anticipated adoption of amendments that will be introduced in the House on Friday, modifying the funding mechanism for the proposed reinsurance program.

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Colorado Hospital Association Reacts to Reinsurance Analysis

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 …

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