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Legislative Update From HPCAR's Lobbying Team

Posted: April 17, 2018

The Colorado state legislature will be considering committing funding and staffing for a committee to study and formulate policy regarding palliative care delivery in Colorado. HPCAR is working with the American Cancer Network and many other stakeholders interested in palliative care delivery. The committee made up of legislators could potentially develop policy enhancing work force and reimbursement. The bill will be in committee on April 27th for consideration.

And on Budget:
HPCAR lobbying efforts proved successful this session as the Colorado State budget was adopted resulting in increases for both hospice and homecare. Again, the battle over rates has ended for providers as the budget bill was closed today in conference committee. Providers are receiving a 1% across the board increase. Personal home care services were increased by 92 cent per hour rate increase for HCBS, IHSS and CDASS costing $6.5m General Fund for a full year.

Members, visit the legislative page and 2018 bill tracker for updates.



HPCAR Board of Directors Call for Nominations is Now Open!

HPCAR’s acting Secretary, Kraig Langheinrich, is pleased to announce that nominations are open for new board members to fill 11 vacant Directors seats for two to three year, staggered terms starting in January 2019. Per HPCAR’s Bylaws, the board of directors may be comprised of 12 - 20 individuals.


The following officer positions will also be available and will be elected/appointed from the sitting Board of Directors at the first Board of Directors meeting of 2019: President-elect; Secretary; Treasurer.

If you are a voting member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies, we strongly encourage you to submit, in writing, via this online nominations form at least one and up to eleven nominations, including yourself, for the open Board of Director seats. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 27.

Service on the HPCAR Board of Directors is a chance to work with industry leaders to help drive the decisions and strategic goals of our association and shape the future of hospice, palliative care and patient access. It’s also a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique leadership experience and make connections with key industry professionals. Without volunteers, we would be unable to effectively run the organization.

  • Develop valuable skills in non-profit governance, program planning and strategic planning

  • Expand your network of professional contacts

  • Gain recognition from your employer, community, or peers

Click here to view the Director position description (Bylaws - page 6).

Elections Schedule:

From these nominations, a written slate will be prepared by the secretary and announced during the 2018 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Annual Conference, May 16 - 18 in Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. The slate will also be announced online and a form available online for all voting members to cast their vote by June 18, 2018. Results are announced to members within five business days following the annual meeting to be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018. New directors will begin serving January 1, 2019.



Reducing Provider Burden: CMS Wants Feedback

Posted: April 17, 2018
Medicare is simplifying claims documentation requirements so that providers can spend less time on paperwork and focus more on patients. Visit the Provider Compliance Group’s Simplifying Documentation Requirements and Reducing Provider Burden webpages to learn about recent CMS initiatives, including: Document Requirements Simplification and Simplifying Medical Review with Targeted Probe and Education. Where should CMS focus next? Send feedback and suggestions to

Hospice News Network: NHPCO And NAHC Share Concerns About Drug Disposal Act

Posted: April 17, 2018

The latest Hospice News Network email -- a members-only benefit of HPCAR -- is in members' email boxes and available here (you must be a member and signed into view).

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Don't Miss HPCAR's Annual Conference - One Month Away!

Posted: April 17, 2018


You won't want to miss major speakers, Edo Banach, President and CEO, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice.  Both will speak during the luncheons on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Please join us May 16-18, 2018 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek! Pre-conference sessions are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, May 16 with the main conference beginning on Thursday morning and concluding on Friday at 1:30 p.m. following the final lunch presentation.




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