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Bill Detail: SB23-031

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Title Improve Health-care Access For Older Coloradans
Status Governor Signed (06/05/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
M. Lindsay (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
L. Cutter (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/10/2023

The bill creates the Colorado multidisciplinary health-care
provider access training program (program) to improve the health care of
medically complex, costly, compromised, and vulnerable older
Coloradans. The university of Colorado Anschutz medical campus shall
develop, implement, and administer the program. The program may be
offered to Colorado institutions of higher education with clinical health
professions graduate degree programs. The program coordinates and
expands geriatric training opportunities for clinical health professions
graduate students (students) enrolled in participating Colorado institutions
of higher education (participating institutions) across Colorado studying
to become advanced practice providers; dentists; nurses; occupational
therapists; pharmacists; physicians, including medical doctors and doctors
of osteopathy; physical therapists; psychologists; social workers; and
speech-language therapists. Students who successfully complete the
program are awarded certificates and issued letters authorizing those
students to become trainers for the program in clinics across the state.
The bill creates the Colorado multidisciplinary health-care
provider access training program advisory committee (committee) to
ensure that the training for the program is consistent and collaborative
across the fields of study. The committee is required to:
  • Appoint a program chair;
  • Set the program's standards for training and delivery of
multidisciplinary medical care to medically complex,
costly, compromised, and vulnerable older Coloradans;
  • Establish requirements for the program;
  • Identify and invite institutions of higher education that
offer appropriate clinical health professions graduate
degree programs to become participating institutions;
  • Collaborate with participating institutions of higher
education across Colorado to enhance recruitment of
students to enter a field specific to geriatrics and select
students with an interest in geriatric care to participate in
the program;
  • Assist with updating the program's curricula;
  • Analyze data collected by the program;
  • Build a multidisciplinary network of trained geriatric
clinicians to collaborate and provide opportunities for
clinicians to work together to better understand the roles of
each health-care discipline in urban, rural, and underserved
communities when caring for older Coloradans;
  • Improve placement of students in experiential clinical
training opportunities, prioritizing rural and underserved
  • Coordinate with graduates of the program to become
geriatric trainers for future students; and
  • Increase the number of clinical training sites across
Colorado, specifically in rural and underserved

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