A new bill was introduced in the Colorado Senate that would bring healthcare staffing agencies under the licensing control of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The bill applies to staffing agencies that employ health-care workers and assigns them to temporary placements in nursing care facilities or assisted living residences on a temporary basis for a fee.
These supplemental health-care staffing agencies will need to be licensed by CDPHE and provide quarterly reporting to the Department that includes:
- The average amount charged to a health-care facility for each category of temporary worker;
- The average amount paid to health-care workers for their services;
- Representations that
- all workers are properly licensed or certified;
- all workers successfully completed background checks;
- the agency carries professional liability insurance.
If the bill passes, it will be unlawful to operate a supplemental health-care staffing agency without being certified by CDPHE.
CDPHE will also have to submit periodic reports that include an analysis of the impact of supplemental health-care staffing agencies on health-care facilities and whether pricing caps should be imposed.
Colorado Senate Bill 22-210 was introduced in the Senate on April 18th and quickly moved to the House, where it has now been assigned to the finance committee.
The bill is sponsored by:
Sen. Rachel Zenzinger
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