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Bill Detail: HB19-1001

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Title Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy
Status Governor Signed (03/28/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/04/2019

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (department), in consultation with the Colorado healthcare
affordability and sustainability enterprise board, to develop and prepare
an annual report detailing uncompensated hospital costs and the different
categories of expenditures made by hospitals in the state (hospital

expenditure report). In compiling the hospital expenditure report, the
department shall use publicly available data sources whenever possible.
Each hospital in the state is required to make available to the department
certain information, including:
  • Hospital cost reports submitted to the federal centers for
medicare and medicaid services;
  • Annual audited financial statements; except that, if a
hospital is part of a consolidated or combined group, the
hospital may submit a consolidated or combined financial
statement if the group's statement separately identifies the
information for each of the group's licensed hospitals;
  • The total amount of unreimbursed care;
  • The gross patient service revenue;
  • Any property, plant, equipment, and accumulated
  • All operating expenses;
  • Staffing information;
  • The total number of available beds and licensed beds;
  • The total number of inpatient surgeries;
  • The total number of births and newborn patient days;
  • The total number of admissions from the emergency
department; and
  • Other gross charges categorized by primary care provider.
The hospital expenditure report must include, but not be limited to:
  • A description of the methods of analysis and definitions of
report components by payer group;
  • Uncompensated care costs by payer group; and
  • The percentage that different categories of expenses
contribute to overall expenses of hospitals.
The department is required to submit the hospital expenditure
report to the governor, specified committees of the general assembly, and
the medical services board in the department. The department is also
directed to post the hospital expenditure report on the department's

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