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?