February 17, 2021

In this issue:

  • Extension of the Public Health Emergency
  • COVID Vaccine Information for Older Adults
  • Statewide COVID Vaccine Information
  • Exposure Notifications
  • Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce
  • COVID Vaccine Communication Toolkit
  • Health Equity
  • Provider Resources and Information
  • Feds Announce Open Enrollment
  • February is American Heart Month
  • SAMHSA Grant Funding Opportunities
  • Billing and Rendering NPI Required on Claim Submission
  • Become a CARE Network Provider
  • Upcoming events and webinars


Extension of the Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services has formally extended the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The PHE can be extended for up to 90 days at a time. This extension starts January 21, 2021, and would end, unless extended again, on April 20, 2021. Updates will be published via the Public Health Emergency Planning web page.

COVID Vaccine Information for Older Adults

The Department of Health Care Policy & Finance recently published a letter to stakeholders with comprehensive information regarding the vaccine. Click here to view the letter.

Statewide COVID Vaccine Information

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has extensive resources and information regarding the COVID vaccine. 

Exposure Notifications

You can now download an app to help fight COVID-19, slow it's spread, and protect yourself and your loved ones. CO Exposure Notifications will quickly notify you if you've likely been exposed to the virus, allowing you to seek timely medical attention and take action to protect others.

Click here for more information on Exposure Notifications, FAQs and how to set it up.

Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce

The Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce exists to ensure that all groups – regardless of race, ethnicity, ability and other factors – have all the facts to make informed decisions about the safety of vaccines for their families, and to hold leaders accountable for ensuring access to these vaccines for all.

Please visit the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce webpage for more in depth information regarding the "facts" surrounding the safety of the vaccine, what you should know about taking the vaccine and the access to the vaccine for everyone.

COVID Vaccine Communication Toolkit

The CDC has designed a toolkit to help community based organizations educate their communities about the vaccine, raise awareness about the benefits of the vaccine and address common questions and concerns. The toolkit contains a variety of resources that can be used virtually or in person. CLICK HERE for the toolkit.


Provided by The Colorado Office of Health Equity

THE PLANNER'S PLAYBOOK: A community-Centered Approach to Improving Health & Equity

This publication provides guidance, resources, concrete steps, and examples for planners who wish to center equity in their planning practice, with the aim of producing communities of opportunity and prosperity for all. In this playbook, we maintain that planners and policymakers have the ability and the responsibility to create a roadmap for healthier, more equitable communities. Click here to read the publication.

Provided by The Colorado Office of Health Equity

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Equity Champions Coalition have developed a Report on Educational Equity: CREATING A COLORADO FOR ALL

The work presented within this report supports Colorado's goal to reach 66% education attainment by 2025 through the implementation of strategies aimed at erasing equity gaps. The report outlines recommendations for a brighter future by building on our accomplishments and redirecting efforts to make the necessary change to better support students.

The recommendations of the ECC help to identify elements and actions to create an equitable education system. Click here for the report.


Feds Announce Open Enrollment

President Biden issued an Executive Order that re-opens enrollment of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. While the order pertains to states that use the federal exchange (, Colorado’s exchange (Connect for Health Colorado) will mirror the order by also re-opening enrollment. In fact, Coloradans without health insurance will be able to enroll in coverage through between Feb. 8 - May 15, 2021. This special enrollment period is for people who are without health insurance and begins a week earlier than the federal exchange. CLICK HERE for the entire letter from Kim Bimestefer with more information.

February is American Heart Month

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#OurHearts is an inspiring way to encourage and motivate everyone to adopt heart-healthy behaviors, together. Research shows having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, losing weight, and quitting smoking easier. To learn more about the movement, click here.

Click here for an informational flyer with tips for taking care of your heart, together--provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

SAMHSA Grant Funding Opportunities

SAMHSA has announced several grant funding opportunities for fiscal year 2021. The application deadline for most of the opportunities listed is in February. Click here for the list and more detailed information.

Billing and Rendering NPI Required on Claim Submissions

Beacon Health Options is excited to announce that we are enhancing our claims processing system. In an effort to reduce the need to adjust or correct claims periodically, the following adjustment is being made to our claims documentation requirements to enhance our claims processing accuracy.

Effective March 1st, 2021:

  • Providers must include both the billing and the rendering NPI numbers in the appropriate boxes on all HCFA 1500 (professional) paper claim submissions and/or the 837-p equivalent.
  • Solo practitioners must submit their NPI in both the billing and rendering fields.
  • Group and facility providers must submit the billing NPI as well as the rendering NPI numbers in the appropriate fields. Please note, for group and facility providers, the billing NPI is different and distinct from the rendering NPI.

As of 3/1/21, claims that are missing either NPI number will be denied if received on paper or rejected if received electronically as the claim will not meet our enhanced claims management criteria. Providers should resubmit denied or rejected claims with appropriate NPI numbers within applicable timeframes for processing.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist in our commitment to enhance the provider claims experience.



  • Second Friday of every month at 11am

Please click the link below to join the Zoom webinar:


Or By Telephone: 1-669-900-6833 

Webinar ID: 995 7438 8100

Passcode: 173943

Visit the HCI website for details on previous calls.


  • Third Tuesday of every month at 10am

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Or By Telephone: 1-669-900-6833

Webinar ID: 925 6861 9312

Passcode: 867336

Visit the HCI website for details on previous calls

Beacon Health Options’ Quality Team is hosting a Zoom training: THE NEW SUD RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT DOCUMENTATION STANDARDS

  • March 2, 2021 from 9am-12PM (MST)
  • Click here for details and call in information

Beacon Health Options’ Quality Team is hosting a Zoom training: MENTAL HEALTH AND SUD DOCUMENTATION STANDARDS

  • March 11, 2021 from 9am-12PM (MST)
  • Click here for details and call in information

Beacon Health Options’ Quality Team is hosting a Zoom training: THE NEW SUD INPATIENT TREATMENT DOCUMENTATION STANDARDS

  • March 18, 2021 from 9am-12pm (MST)
  • Click here for details and call in information
  • Colorado Cross-Systems Training Institute offers courses for providers. View their website for more information.

  • Partners For Children's Mental Health is offering a free on demand training on DBT SKILLS TO HELP YOUTH MANAGE EMOTIONS AND BUILD RESILIENCY
  • Click here for more information and to register

  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers a free, comprehensive CULTURAL COMPETENCY online training
  • Click here for more information and sign up.

  • Improving Care for People with Disabilities: A Free Self Paced Online DISABILITY CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING
  • Click here for more information and sign up.
  • Health Colorado and Beacon will host a workshop: LIFE CARE PLANNING ADVANCE DIRECTIVES VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
  • Providers, Care Coordinators, and Members are invited to participate in this "working" workshop where forms are available for members to state their wishes if they were unable to communicate them.
  • The last Thursday of each month--the next workshop is February 25th
  • 2 sessions are available: 11:30am-1:00pm AND 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Click here for the call-in information and to access to the materials


The Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) is partnering with the Education Development Center (EDC) to provide a suicide prevention training for domestic violence and crime victim advocates in Colorado in 2021. To directly receive more information, please fill out this interest list.


The OSP is partnering with IPS to provide their Core, Advanced, and Train the Trainer trainings to peer support specialists in Colorado in 2021. To directly receive more information, please fill out this interest list.


The OSP is partnering with Western Mass Recovery Learning Community to provide their Alternatives to Suicide training to peer support specialists in Colorado in 2021. To directly receive more information, please fill out this interest list.


US News consistently ranks Colorado as the top state for aging populations. Despite the fact that the state has prioritized the well-being of our seniors by providing residents with high-quality senior living and healthcare, challenges remain. Join this FREE ONLINE EVENT:

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 7:30am - 8:45am
  • CLICK HERE for more details and to register


The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed both mental health and public health workers on the front lines in an array of on-going stressful situations. As a result, mental health and public health agencies have had to innovate and adapt practices to support and care for their workforce and the populations they serve. This town hall event will feature mental health and public health agency representatives sharing insight on ways they have addressed COVID-19 while also supporting staff, the value of Mental Health-Public Health partnerships, and the related challenges they anticipate during the first half of 2021. 

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10am (MST)
  • CLICK HERE for more details and to register


Early youth initiation and adult tobacco use are significantly associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and in fact, exposure to trauma in childhood and early adulthood can double an individual’s risk of lifetime smoking.

In the Trauma & Tobacco Workshop, National Council of Behavioral Health subject matter experts Taslim van Hattum, LCSW, MPH, senior director of Practice Improvement, and Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, consultant, Trauma-informed Services, will provide evidence-based guidance you can use to enhance your treatment approaches and increase clients’ successful attempts to quit tobacco.

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 12-2:30pm (MST)
  • Click here for more details and to register--capacity is limited


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought disruption on a massive scale into our lives. For staff who work to support people with intellectual disabilities, there have been unique challenges and losses. Join the NCBH during this forum which will provide an opportunity to explore our experiences over the past year, share strategies that have helped with self-care and learn together. 

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12pm (MST)
  • Click here to register

Join this Livestream Event with NIMH and NIMH Grantee Dr. Cynthia Bulik

Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Dr. Bulik will discuss signs, symptoms, treatments, and the latest research on eating disorders. In addition, she will discuss some of the challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has presented for individuals living with eating disorders and other mental illnesses.

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:30-11am (MST)
  • Click here for more information--You must have a Facebook or Twitter account to watch

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