The Colorado Assisted Living Industry entered a new era of operation with a new set of rules and regulations. On 4/18/2018 the CDPHE Board of Health approved a new rewrite of the rules and regulations governing the operation of assisted living residences in Colorado. The Board unanimously approved the new rules and regulations. This was a culmination of 24 months of work between CDPHE, the Assisted Living Stakeholders working group, and private owners and operators of assisted living residences.
The rule-making hearing saw over 100 assisted living professionals in attendance. People came to support and oppose the rules and regulations. They came to testify before the Board to express their concerns over the effects that the new regulations will have on the operation of their assisted living homes. Concerns such as the additional costs of operation, the training requirements, food service requirements and building requirement for remodeling or building a new assisted living facility were voiced. The board heard over two hours of testimony.
Many of the attendee’s owned or operated small residential care homes. Over 40% of the 671 licensed homes in Colorado serve 20 or fewer residents. And most of them service Medicaid residents. The state presently has a shortage of Medicaid beds and this could reduce the inventory further with more assisted homes going to private pay to recover their costs of operation. The concern was so great that the members of the Colorado Assisted Living Association directed the association to introduce a resolution in the Colorado Senate to delay the implantation of the rules. The resolution passed the senate unanimously.
A new era of regulation was launched today for the assisted living industry. The devil is in the details. Time will tell how the industry will react and adjust.
This article was submitted by Henry C. Kyle III, CAE, MPA, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Assisted Living Association. For more details visit www. http://coloradoassistedlivingassociation.org