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Whistleblowers say they falsified patient records at Western Slope community mental health center

Workers at Mind Springs Health say they were told to make up patient diagnoses and outcomes on government-required forms

Health

Colorado lawmakers aim to protect mental health therapists from billing headaches, clawbacks after a rough year

Two bills with bipartisan support would help therapists in private practice who are fed up with the convoluted Medicaid payment system. They follow investigative reporting by The Sun and Colorado News Collaborative.

Health

Grand Junction mental health center accused of prescription errors that threatened patient safety, report says

A June letter not released until now says Mind Springs put patients at risk

Health

Opinion: Give whistleblowers the ability to fight fraud everywhere

Colorado already allows lawsuits to combat Medicaid’s bad actors. It’s time to broaden the field

Opinion Columns

Medicaid payment issues plague host of Colorado caregivers and therapists who see low-income and disabled patients

The state Medicaid division is facing complaints about contractors on multiple fronts, from mental health to in-home caregivers for people with disabilities

Health

Colorado mental health professionals incensed after Medicaid forum that was intended to clear the air

About 160 mental health therapists, counselors and psychologists joined a forum to vent about Medicaid payment delays and burdensome paperwork. They left even angrier.

Health

Colorado wants more mental health providers for Medicaid patients. But getting approved can take months.

Therapists, psychologists and others complain they have to wait months to get approval to take Medicaid patients – at a time when Colorado is trying to increase the number of providers who serve needy patients.

Health

Colorado Medicaid contractor reverses course, will no longer try to recoup payments from mental health providers

The announcement came two days after The Colorado Sun reported that mental health providers would no longer accept Medicaid patients because of the debacle.

Health

Colorado mental health therapists are quitting Medicaid over latest payment debacle

Several behavioral health providers say they will no longer treat Medicaid patients after 199 providers received letters ordering them to return payment for therapy already completed.

Health

The rate of people in Colorado with health insurance held steady during the pandemic

Medicaid enrollment increased, while people covered by employer-sponsored insurance declined

Health

Opinion: Colorado should vote on a publicly funded, privately delivered health care system

The General Assembly asked for this recommendation, now it should put it in front of the voters

Opinion Columns

A federal deadline for Colorado to redesign its child welfare system has arrived

Under the Family First law, states are rewarded for keeping children in family settings instead of institutions

Politics and Government

Opinion: If you’re going to put us on your focus group, maybe you should put us on your payroll

Lived experience is some of the best expertise you can hire

Opinion Columns

A Colorado clinic’s prescription for healthier patients? Lawyers.

Every day in Commerce City, four lawyers join the physicians, psychiatrists and social workers at Salud Family Health Centers’ clinic, where mending legal ills is as important for health as diet and exercise.

Health

Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care

A similar lawsuit in Illinois forced that state to improve its mental health system for kids who qualify for Medicaid.

Health

Colorado’s low-income patients can’t find specialty health care, study shows

A 3-year study shows safety net clinics can find specialists for their patients if they work extremely hard, but systemic change is needed to make real cuts to wait lists

Health

Opinion: Close freestanding emergency rooms

Replace them with primary-care clinics, and save billions

Opinion Columns

A $500 million Medicaid boost gives Colorado a chance to re-do its disability services

Funding for in-home personal care for aging Coloradans and people with disabilities would jump for three years under American Rescue Plan spending.

Health

New Colorado health insurance subsidies open as search for people eligible but not enrolled ramps up

American Rescue Plan subsidies increase Thursday, and residents can apply through Aug. 15 for a broadly expanded menu of premium help

Health

Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, reverses higher ed cuts

School districts would receive about 10% more per pupil from the state. Budget writers also OK a 7% tuition hike at the University of Northern Colorado, and 3% at other colleges

Education
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