HCP is easy to reach. Please contact the HCP program in the county health or human services office where the child lives.
Find your local public health agency: Local Public Health Agencies
HCP has three main components (see tabs below):
Care coordination addresses the interrelated behavioral, developmental, educational, financial, medical, and social needs of an individual in order to optimize health and wellness outcomes. Care coordination is a person-and-family-centered, assessment-driven, team activity designed to meet the needs and preferences of individuals while enhancing the care giving capabilities of families and service providers (Colorado Care Coordination Resource Guide, June 2013).
HCP, located within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), in collaboration with Regents of the University of Colorado and local public health agencies throughout the state of Colorado, seeks to provide access to pediatric specialty care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families living in rural counties in Colorado where pediatric medical specialists are least available.
HCP contracts with the Regents of the University of Colorado so pediatric specialists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado, can travel to rural areas of the state to provide care.
These pediatric specialists:
How can a child or youth attend a HCP Specialty Clinic?
Contact the child’s primary care provider to receive a referral or contact a HCP clinic coordinator or public health nurse from the list below to receive assistance with getting a clinic referral.
To contact a HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinator:
What can a family expect when a child or youth attends a HCP Specialty Clinic?
Attending a HCP Specialty Clinic is an opportunity for a child or youth with special health care needs to see a pediatric specialist in a rural community without driving to a large urban area. It is an opportunity to ask questions about a child’s care, medication, day to day concerns and possible resources. HCP Specialty Clinics reduce barriers to families such as cost, lost work or school time, and travel.
Does it cost to attend a HCP Specialty Clinic?
In some cases, families may be asked to pay a Clinic Support Fee for a HCP Specialty Clinic visit. The HCP Specialty Clinic support fees provide financial support to contracted LPHA host sites in order to help off-set expenses related to coordinating clinics. The HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinator is responsible for charging families according to a sliding scale fee. Families and HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinators should be aware of the following guidelines:
HCP Specialty Clinic Sliding Scale for Clinic Fees:
Insurance coverage for a HCP specialty clinic visit:
University Physicians Inc. (UPI), Inc, may bill Medicaid, CHP+ and private insurance companies for the clinic visit.University Physicians Inc.(UPI), may also bill families for HCP Specialty Clinic according to the following guidelines:
1. If UPI bills Medicaid, CHP+, and/or private insurance companies:
a. UPI must accept Medicaid/CHP+ payment as full reimbursement.
b. UPI may bill a family with private insurance for any co-pay due or when as insurance payment is denied because the deductable has not been met.
i. Families may be responsible for their co-pay and/or deductable and should make payment directly to UPI.
2. Patients unable or unwilling to obtain their own insurance (identified as "self pay") will not be billed unless the family and the pediatric specialist agree before services are rendered on payment plans based on the family's ability to pay. This should be documented at the time of visit.
3. UPI may choose not to bill families and, if so, will receive no further compensation
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defines a Medical Home as not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner.
A medical home appraoch is recommended for all infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
HCP promotes a medical home team approach throughout Colorado through care coordination, specialty clinics and community partnerships.
To learn more about the Colorado Medical Home Forums, please visit: coloradomedicalhome.org