Pathways to Health

March 31, 2020


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SWCAHEC Pathway's newsletter will share your Colorado health-related education, training and job announcements for FREE. Please e-mail pathways@swcahec.org.

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Setting Up Practices During COVID-19

SWCAHEC is committed to supporting our local health professionals with the latest practice information and related education and training during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The following are resources for healthcare professionals. We will be updating our website frequently. Please feel free to contact us if you need any additional information and/or resources.

In Office:

Checklist To Prepare Physician Offices for COVID-19
Fact Sheet for Providers
Guidance for Optimizing Use of PPE or Reusing PPE
Trainings from OSHA on COVID-19 Workplace Protection


Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Excellent Comprehensive Resource Page from AAFP (includes potential vendors, regulatorns, Medicare information, documentation requirements, etc).
CMS Toolkit for Primary Care Practices
New HIPAA Regulations Related to Telehealth in the Time of COVID-19
Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This notification is effective immediately. HIPAA regulations for telehealth encounters.
AMA Quick Set Up for Telemedicine Guide
A virtual visit algorithm: How to differentiate and code telehealth visits, e-visits, and virtual check-ins
AMA Ethical Practice in Telemedicine
American Telemedicine Association Practice Guidelines
American Health Information Association Telemedicine Toolkit
Southwest Regional COVID-19 Telehealth Resources

Reimbursement for Telehealth:

CMS Telemedicine Fact Sheet
Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions
Medicaid for Telehealth

Mental Health Related COVID-19 Trainings:

SAMSHA – All COVID-Related Mental Health Trainings
American Psychological Association (APA) Advice For Newly Remote Workers
(APA) How Leaders Can Maximize Trust and Minimize Stress
Recovery Meeting Locator (virtual)

Telehealth Trainings and Information for Psychology Services:
COVID-19: Free Articles from the American Psychological Association
Free CE on Telepsychology Best Practices (FREE for a limited time)
What the COVID-19 Telehealth Waiver Means for Psychology Practices
Office and Technology Checklist for Telepsychology Services
Informed Consent (Telepsychological Services)

Additional COVID-19 Related Information and Training:

ECHO Colorado: Upcoming Trainings
AMA Special Coding Information During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
AMA CPT Reporting for COVID-19 Testing
Society of Critical Care Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians
Pharmacists Guide to COVID-19
Resources from the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative

Recorded Webinars:

Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic: You Need A Bigger Boat!

Upcoming Webinars:

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health to Support Students During a Pandemic – April 9, 2020
Changing the Conversation About Mental Health – How do we Come Back to the New Normal? – April 13, 2020
Compassion Fatigue and the Behavioral Health Workforce Curriculum Infusion Package.
This 5-part Curriculum Infusion Package (CIP) on Compassion Fatigue and the Behavioral Health Workforce was developed in 2020 by the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC).
Part 1 provides a brief overview of the behavioral health workforce and associated shortages, and introduces the demands on the workforce.
Part 2 focuses on compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress.
Part 3 provides a brief overview of how organizations can help individuals avoid experiencing burnout.
Part 4 focuses on actions that behavioral health professionals can take to prevent compassion fatigue.
Part 5 focuses on self-care as an ethical duty in order to manage compassion fatigue.

Live Clinical Roundtables:

Cognitive Dysfunction Related to Methamphetamine Use with Josh Blum, MD
Thurs, April 2 – 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Other clinical roundtables are in development.
Contact jane@aaap.org to be added to the news distribution list.
Stress, Relaxation, and Mindful Breathing: A Primer
New CPT code for Laboratory testing of COVID 19
Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative
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Community Foundation serving SW Colorado and the United Way of SW Colorado partner to support the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). As with other disaster response initiatives, the objective is to provide leadership and collaborative funding to support those who face the greatest need. Learn more...


Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, and many other practices are looking for the following:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Eye Protection

Please call 970-375-0100 for drop off details and information. Visit www.ppswdurango.com.


The Durango Network is a locally owned and operated network for independent health care providers.

View a list of private practices.

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COVID-19 Mutual Aid is a local effort to organize food and supply distribution to help the community share resources during the pandemic.

The Sharehouse, 30-D N. Beech, is accepting food, supplies, and financial donations, and is the base of operations for packing food/supply boxes and coordinating volunteers for doorstep deliveries. Get more information.


San Juan Basin Public Health responds to conditions that impact the quality of life in southwest Colorado. They are committed to informing the community on issues related to public health. Get the latest news on their website.


A Telluride couple is paying for their entire county’s coronavirus tests. They hope the results will stop the disease everywhere.
Read the full article.

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Donations, Volunteers, and Relief Assistance:

CERF: Community Emergency Relief Fund
Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance
Colorado COVID Relief Fund Application
United Way of Southwest Colorado
Durango Helps
State of Colorado Volunteer Response
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Cultivating Calm - Habits for Well-Being:
A Mindful Approach to Self-Care & Resilience

Tuesday 3/31 from 12:10pm-12:50pm MST

In this training, participants will design customized self-care plans for themselves in order to help navigate change and stress throughout their lives and lay a foundation for improved well-being.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 147 635 453
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Building Your Wellness Toolbox
What's your plan for staying safe and sane?

Friday 4/03 from 12:10pm-12:50pm MST

When the world around us is in chaos, we can create our own oasis of calm. In this training, participants will learn how to build their own self-care toolbox — for themselves, their families, their friends, their neighbors, or co-workers.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 585 494 587
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Federal Loan Assistance for Small Businesses

Governor Jared Polis announced today that Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.
Apply for SBA Loans

Federal and state agencies, along with national organizations are sharing resources and guidelines to help all communities and healthcare facilities, including rural areas, respond to the virus..MORE.

Resource link here

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Know you can always talk to someone. Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support.

Call 1-844-493-8255

Text “TALK” to 38255

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About COVID-19

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Prevention and community spread



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Upcoming Trainings, click here

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) is housed within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. We are one of the 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training to professionals addressing public health issues. We serve Region VIII – which includes Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
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RN/Registered Nurse Oncology Patient Navigator

The RN Navigator serves as the primary point of contact and is responsible for coordinating the care and services of the identified patient populations for an extended period of time across the continuum of care. The incumbent promotes effective resource utilization and assumes a leadership role with the multidisciplinary team to identify and eliminate barriers to care in order to achieve an optimal clinical outcome for the patient and their caregivers. Apply here

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Employment Opportunities


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Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Pagosa Springs, Click HERE

Southwest Health System, Cortez, Click HERE

Axis Health System, Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs,
Click HERE

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