Provider Spotlight – Emmanuel

Emmanuel has been a music therapist at VitalCare for almost three years.  His passion and dedication for music therapy shines through his work with his clients and they have greatly benefited from sessions with him. 

Emmanuel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Maryville University before moving to Colorado in 2019.  He is currently working towards his Master’s degree at Colorado State University and is excited to continue the growth of his knowledge and skills as a music therapist.  Prior to working at VitalCare, Emmanuel spent over five years working with kids with special needs at the Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled and completed his internship with SSM Hospice.  His well-rounded experience makes him a valuable member of the VitalCare team and we can’t thank him enough for everything he does! In his free time, Emmanuel enjoys spending time with his wife and can often be found exploring Colorado through hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing

Provider Spotlight – Renae

Renae has been employed with VitalCare for over 2 years. Prior to joining VitalCare, Renae spent 5+ years working with Children who have special needs. Renae started off working with VitalCare’s pediatric team and quickly expressed her passion to work with children that have behavioral health challenges. After completing some additional training, she transitioned to the behavioral health team. Renae loves working with this population and enjoys helping the children thrive and be successful. Renae understands the importance of children’s needs and serves as a positive role model for them. Renae provides respite care to all of VitalCare teams including behavioral health, pediatric, and our adult team. Outside of work, Renae enjoys cooking and watching movies. Some of her clients described her as a “professional artist” due to her skilled art pieces that she does with her clients. Thanks, Renae for the work that you do here at VitalCare, you are really an asset to the team and the organization.

March was Music Therapy Month

In March we celebrated World Music Therapy Day (March 1st) and Music Therapy Month in Colorado.  Since the beginning of World Music Therapy Day in 2016, people all around the world have been celebrating the amazing benefits and healing power of music therapy. Colorado takes it one step further and dedicates the entire month of March to honoring the amazing work Music Therapists throughout Colorado are providing. 

Music Therapy uses evidenced based techniques to work on improving or maintaining functional skills in a fun and engaging way.  Sessions include creative interventions, individually designed for a person’s specific needs, and frequently includes the use of a wide variety of music, instruments, movement and singing.  Music Therapy can be used to address cognitive skills, emotional needs, social skills, speech and language, motor skills, sensory needs, self-expression, overall wellness, pain, quality of life and much more. 

At VitalCare we have an incredible team of therapists and we are so proud of all the hard work and dedication they provide our clients!

Have you ever engaged in music therapy?  We would love to hear your stories!

Provider Spotlight – Meghan

We would like to recognize Meghan for always striving to enhance the lives of those she cares for while working for VitalCare with a beautiful self-care gift box. She does so with extreme kindness, compassion, and empathy while keeping her VitalCare family informed of pertinent client information and needs. We often hear from her clients, “Meghan is my right hand, and I don’t know what I would do without her.” One of her most recent clients has needed special help and extra hours of care. Meghan has gone above and beyond to support this client, all while saying, “I will do whatever it takes to accomplish what is needed.” Meghan has worked with kids and the elderly for ten years because “being around people makes me happy.” In her spare time, Meghan likes to do diamond art (ask her about it, it’s cool!), go for walks and hang out with friends.

Provider Spotlight – Krista

Krista has been working with our VitalCare Peds team for more than 3 years!  She’s been dedicated to the special needs community for the last 30 years, and most recently, Krista has spent the last 10 years teaching kiddos with special needs in the Jeffco School district.  She does respite part time with VitalCare and the families she cares for would consider her part of their family.

Krista found her passion for working with people with special needs back in her own elementary school days when she had a close friend with a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy.  Her passion and dedication shine through in every interaction Krista has with her kids and the VitalCare office.  She is an outstanding caregiver. 

In Krista’s spare time, she loves to get outdoors.  This includes backcountry camping, fly fishing, rock-climbing, and traveling.  She also loves to bake macarons.  We are so honored to have Krista as part of the team and hope she can enjoy some self-care from SelfCareby3DSuccess.

February issue of the Westminster City Lifestyle

Cheryl Schuberth’s article “Food Is Love” in the February issue of the Westminster City Lifestyle magazine is a quick read about a journey her family embarked on during the COVID pandemic.  They decided to create weekly meals from different regions of the world.  The whole family joined in to cook together and create lasting memories.  This adventure was so impactful to Cheryl and her family that she wrote a book about it.  Measure, Mix & Marinate: Embracing the Key Ingredients to a More Fulfilling Life. 

What did you and your family do to make lasting memories during the COVID pandemic?

More information on Cheryl Schuberth can be found on her website.

“once-in-a-generation” opportunity to revamp the Mental Health System in Colorado

I have been following the articles written by Jennifer Brown from the Colorado Sun with a great deal of interest. She is a great writer and has covered many aspects of the Mental Health System in Colorado over the last few months.  Find links to the articles below.

Jennifer Brown points out, Colorado has a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to revamp the Mental Health System with funding from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act.

As a provider of Mental Health Services, VitalCare interacts with the seven Regional Accountable Entities (RAE) contracted with Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program. The RAEs authorize and manage the mental health benefits of the Health First Colorado members who live in their geographic region. 

One would expect these RAEs to operate similarly and provide the same benefits to their members.  Unfortunately, they all operate differently and have different rules, reimbursement rates, rejection rates/reasons, and pre-authorization requirements. They also have different billing systems.  This complex network creates an “administrative burden” for the providers.

Often, providers decline to work with a particular RAE due to frequent billing denials, lower reimbursement rates, or extended wait times to become credentialed as an authorized provider.  The Health First Colorado members in some regions may have very few providers to choose from, due to these factors. 

As a provider, I would like to see some of the funds allocated to creating a statewide system, with one rule set, one billing system and standardized reimbursement rates like the medical side of Health First Colorado.  The inefficiencies of the current RAE system limit the options available to Health First Colorado members and create regional inequities in the availability and quality of services.

What are your thoughts?  How would you like to see these funds utilized?