Press Releases

Donor Alliance and CHA Recognize Outstanding Efforts of Health Care Organizations to Make the Gift of Life Possible in Colorado

September 20, 2019

DENVER – SEPT. 20, 2019 – Today, Swedish Medical Center, UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, Aspen Valley Hospital, Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center and Parker Adventist Hospital were recognized with 2019 Ending the Wait awards for their outstanding achievements in facilitating the gift of life through organ and tissue donation in Colorado. The awards, …

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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on CIVHC Reference-Based Pricing Regional Information

September 6, 2019

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – Sept. 6, 2019 – In response to the recent data release by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) on regional price information as a percent of Medicare, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) issued this statement: “Colorado hospitals recognize that health care affordability has reached a crisis point for many …

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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Emergency Department Facility Fees

August 15, 2019

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – Aug. 15, 2019 – In response to the Data Byte released by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) on Evaluation and Management facility fees at hospital emergency departments, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) issued this response: “Colorado hospitals have a commitment to their communities to provide care in their …

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Colorado Hospital Association Shared Services Announces New Partnership with VeritasAdvantage™

August 12, 2019

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLORADO – Aug. 12, 2019 – Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) Shared Services has announced a new partnership with VeritasAdvantage™, a revolutionary cloud-based application designed to transform the way hospitals negotiate for and purchase medical supplies and devices. The VeritasAdvantage™ application affords its members real-time access to the collective buying experience of the entire …

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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Reinsurance Waiver Approval

July 31, 2019

“Colorado hospitals recognize that the cost of health care has become unsustainable for many Coloradans, and we hope that this two-year reinsurance program – largely funded by hospitals – is effective in providing needed relief for patients from high insurance costs,” said Katherine Mulready, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, CHA. “The price of health insurance includes both the premiums and the copay and deductible costs, so this can’t just be about reducing premiums while insurers continue to raise out-of-pocket costs on Coloradans. We trust that the Polis Administration and the Insurance Commissioner will make sure insurers follow the law and that savings from reinsurance are fully passed on to consumers.”

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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Colorado Hospital Value Report

July 23, 2019

“We appreciate a report that includes a discussion about quality and patient safety as part of the conversation about affordability,” said Steven J. Summer, president and CEO, CHA. “Connecting cost with quality is essential for patients seeking information about where to receive care. However, we do have some concerns about the conclusions reached in this report and would encourage employers to be careful when using this information.”

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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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