Covid-19 Primary Care Updates

Colorado COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program

Governor Jared Polis announced a COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program as cases and hospitalizations continue increasing across Colorado.

Beginning Thursday, September 2, primary care providers can receive grant funding ranging from $60,000 to $120,000, depending on practice size, to support the costs it takes to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

The Colorado Health Institute will review applications to ensure applicants meet eligibility criteria. The application opens on September 2, 2021, and payments will be issued on a rolling basis until the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) disperses all available funds. Applications close December 1, 2021. Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis, so we encourage early submission.

The grant money is coming from federal funds, for more information on the program or to apply for funding, click here. CCHAP can support your practice in navigating the process and completing the application. Please email us if you would like our assistance.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released new P-12 school guidelines as teachers, students, and staff prepare for the 2021- 2022 school year. Refer to the State Health Officials Release COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Toolkit: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has created the Colorado COVID-19 Health Care Provider Vaccine Information Toolkit as a centralized location for providers to access information about resources for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Toolkit for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs): The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) created a communications toolkit for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) to help encourage patients to get vaccinated for COVID-19 through primary care providers, a trusted source of information for Health First Colorado members. The toolkit contains ready-to-use email, text and social media messages as well as graphics and print resources encouraging patients to get vaccinated or to set up an appointment. Messages have also been translated into Spanish.

CDC Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit:
CDC Toolkit

CDC Message to Pediatric Healthcare Professionals

As parents’ most trusted source of information on vaccines, pediatric healthcare professionals play a critical role in helping parents and guardians understand the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and assuring them that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Your strong recommendation is critical for vaccine acceptance. Tell parents and guardians how important COVID-19 vaccines are to protecting their children’s health.
Remind parents that fully vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Getting all family members 12 years and older vaccinated can protect other family members around you, including people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Even if you are not administering COVID-19 vaccines, you can help parents and guardians feel confident in choosing to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 by addressing their questions and assuring them of the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
(CDC June 21, 2021)

Behavioral Health Updates

Integrated Behavioral Health Learning Community

Join CCHAP on September 21st at noon for the launch of our new online course, Colorado Medicaid's Short-Term Behavioral Health (STBH) Services Benefit. In this preview, we will share an overview of the course and how the benefit can be utilized in your integrated behavioral health setting.

Take the Course: Short Term Behavioral Health Benefit Course

In Case You Missed It:
Dr. Hasbrouck's Yoga Psychotherapy in Primary Care Training provides approachable and effective interventions that can be used by both behavioral health and medical providers in primary care settings.
Article: Postpartum Depression Support for All Parents | Psychology Today
"Non-birthing parents can also experience postpartum depression, anxiety, and other perinatal mood issues, which can be exacerbated by social stigma in the context of cisgenderism and heterosexism."ZERO TO THREE's Rahil Briggs, PsyD, and Sarah MacLaughlin, LCSW, discuss how we can best come together to understand and support mental health for all parents.


  • Having a baby amid the pandemic has affected caregivers’ mental health.
  • Providers can offer inclusive services so that all caregivers, and their young children, can thrive.
  • Non-birthing parents can also experience postpartum depression, anxiety, and other perinatal mood issues.
  • The mental health of adult caregivers is vital for baby, child, and family health.

Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid) and CHP+ Updates

New Prescriber Tool for Health First Colorado
The Prescriber Tool empowers providers with real-time information on prescription drug costs and affordable alternatives. The goals of the Prescriber Tool are to help improve patient health outcomes and service, reduce administrative burden for prescribers, improve prescription drug affordability for Coloradans, employers and the state, and support providers with value-based payments that reward them for addressing the number one contributor to rising health care costs – rising prescription drug costs. Visit the Prescriber Tool Project web page for more information.

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) State Managed Care Network (SMCN) Transition: How to Bill for CHP+ ​Services after July 1, 2021
Effective July 1, 2021, all CHP+ eligible members were automatically enrolled into a CHP+ Managed Care Organization (MCO). As a result, the CHP+ SMCN will no longer be available to pay for health care services for CHP+ members delivered after June 30, 2021.
Refer to the July 2021 Provider Bulletin (B2100465) for additional information.

Important Non-Emergent Medical Transportation Service Change
Effective July 1, 2021, IntelliRide will begin the process of reducing its non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) service area to its original nine-county region: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld Counties. Effective August 1, 2021, IntelliRide will no longer transfer NEMT trip requests or subscriptions for Health First Colorado members residing outside of IntelliRide’s service area. NEMT service will return to local transportation providers outside of IntelliRide’s service area.

Affordable Care Act Update
The United States Supreme Court announced its 7-2 decision in California v. Texas to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which impacts Medicaid expansion along with 200,000 others who have purchased plans through our state based exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.

Provider Revalidation Update
The Department understands provider focus has been on member care throughout the Public Health Emergency. Providers are encouraged to submit revalidation applications according to their scheduled due date if they are able. However, until further notice, claims will not be denied or suspended if revalidation has not been completed by the posted revalidation due date.
Applications for new enrollments and changes to existing applications have been given priority, so revalidation application processing times may be delayed for the next several months. Only one update can be processed at a time. If providers need to make an additional update while a revalidation application is in process, contact the Provider Services Call Center.

Extension of Public Health Emergency (PHE)
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has formally extended the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The PHE can be extended for up to 90 days at a time. This extension started July 20, 2021, and would end, unless extended again, on October 18, 2021. The Biden administration has indicated they will keep extending the PHE throughout 2021 and there will be a 60-day notice period before any end to the PHE.

Colorado interChange Update - COVID-19 Vaccine Procedure Codes
The Colorado interChange has been updated with the COVID-19 vaccine procedure codes. Providers may visit the Provider Rates & Fee Schedule web page and select Immunization Rates under the Immunization Rate Schedule drop-down section for updated rate information.
Refer to the January 8, 2021, and January 11, 2021, emails for more information and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

HCPF Provider Resources: Colorado Medicaid Provider Resources

Resources to Promote Health Equity

CCHAP is committed to advancing health equity in all of our work. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Achieving health equity means removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care." (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2017). In this month's newsletter, CCHAP is highlighting resources for mothers and families:
Mommyana Podcast
New moms, expectant moms and caregivers wanting support can check out the Colorado Mommyana Podcast on Youtube
Lactation consultations available
Who we are: We are actively involved in addressing disparities and inequities of the Black breastfeeding experience by increasing visibility of Black breastfeeding resources, services, and deployment of breastfeeding support.
Blacktation relates to the lactation and Black breastfeeding experience within the Black community ranging from our history and cultural dynamics to social inequities and modern challenges.

Community Spotlight


Colorado Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation and Access Program

Learning Collaborative | CoPPCAP (click to register)
September 10-11th
  • Gain the latest knowledge on key behavioral and mental health topics for your practice.
  • Collaborate and network with peers and experts in a small group, cohort-based learning environment.
  • Enhance your skills to increase behavioral health assessments and effective interventions; pharmacogenomic testing; and reducing stigma associated with mental health services.
  • Earn continuing education credits

Colorado Children's Campaign

2021 Kids Count Report Released

The 2021 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report examines how children fared during the first year of the COVID-19 crisis. The data included in the report illustrate the pandemic’s far-reaching effects on Colorado kids, from increased housing instability and hunger to difficulty accessing health care, child care, preschool and K-12 education. At some points during the pandemic, as many as one in five Colorado households with children reported little or no confidence they would be able to make their next housing payment on time. The state also saw steep declines in the number of young children enrolled in services such as preschool or Early Intervention. The link to the full report is as follows:

CCHAP's Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder online training modules

Earn Free CME,
COPIC Points and
ABP MOC Part 2!

Screening caregiver's during an infant's visit presents unique barriers when the person you are screening is not the patient. Our training modules will help ensure your practice is following best practice guidance around obtaining consent, developing a policy and procedures, responding to all screens and supporting referrals.

Family Resources:

OnWard Colorado can help connect Coloradans with services, funds, and jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents Thrive is a new website for Coloradans who are expecting or parenting young children.