2024 Colorado PDN Report

An analysis conducted on behalf of the Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado (HHAC) found Colorado falls short in the supply of private duty nurses to support its Medicaid enrollees as a result of the state’s low PDN Medicaid reimbursement rates.

According to the analysis, conducted by the Menges Group, Colorado has the 17th-lowest payment rate for RN services and the 11th-lowest payment for LPN services when compared with Medicaid PDN payment rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Both rates are below the median across all states – Colorado’s Medicaid RN payment rate is $7.05 below the median and its LPN rate is $9.04 below the median. 

The report shows increasing Medicaid rates would attract more PDNs and expand PDN access for families who rely on this care, which means: 

  • Fewer patients, including children, who are hospitalized longer than necessary.
  • Improved health outcomes for these patients.
  • Better quality of life for these families.
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