Medicaid Provider Rate Review Advisory Committee

The Medicaid Provider Rate Review Advisory Committee (MPRRAC) was enacted in June of 2015 (Senate Bill 15-228) and operates in accordance with the Colorado Medical Assistance Act, Section 25.5-4-401, C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes). 

The MPRRAC exists to assist the Department in the review of the provider rate reimbursements in Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program).  The committee is responsible for the following:

  • Meeting at least once each quarter
  • Reviewing the Department’s proposed 5 year review cycle and making adjustments with a majority vote
  • Reviewing the report the Department submits each May 1
  • Taking public comment from stakeholders on whether rates should be reviewed out of cycle
  • Reviewing any rate increase proposals or petitions sent to the Department
  • Taking public comment on the reports produced as part of this process
  • Recommending to the Joint Budget Committee areas for process improvement
  • Rules of Governance

Our Members

Recipient with a disability or a representative of recipients with a disability

Valerie Schlecht, MS, is a policy consultant at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, where she gains knowledge of on-the-ground access issues in real time. She also has lived experience that directly relates to her seat on the committee.

Appointed by the President of the Senate: Leroy M. Garcia, Jr.

Date Appointed: February 2020

Term End: February 2024

Representative of hospitals providing services to recipients

Bill Munson is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Boulder Community Health, a community health system, including the Foothills Hospital. Bill has 27 years of hospital CFO experience in the state of Colorado.

Recommended by a statewide association of hospitals: Colorado Hospital Association

Appointed by the President of the Senate: Leroy M. Garcia, Jr.

Date Appointed: October 2018

Term End: October 2022

Representative of providers of transportation

Tim Dienst is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ute Pass Regional Health Service District.

MPRRAC Vice Chair: June-September 2020

MPRRAC Chair: September 2020-Present

Appointed by the President of the Senate: Kevin J. Grantham (2015); Leroy M. Garcia, Jr. (2019)

Dates Appointed: September 2015; October 2019

Term End: October 2023

Representative of rural health centers

This seat is currently vacant.

Appointed by the President of the Senate

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of home health providers

Steve Hehnen is the Regional Vice President of Aveanna, a provider of pediatric home care services.

Recommended by a statewide organization of home health providers: Information is unavailable at this time.

Appointed by the President of the Senate: Leroy M. Garcia, Jr.

Date Appointed: September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of providers of durable medical equipment (DME)

Kelli Ore, CO, CMF, is a Regional Manager at Rocky Mountain Medical Equipment. She has over 25 years of experience in patient care and in DME solutions.

Recommended by a statewide association of durable medical equipment providers: Colorado Association of Medical Equipment Services (CAMES)

Appointed by the President of the Senate: Leroy M. Garcia, Jr.

Date Appointed: February 2020

Term End: February 2024

Representative of providers of behavioral health care services

Christi Mecillas is the Chief Financial Officer for the Community Reach Center, Inc. She has 19 years of experience in behavioral health finance.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Chris Holbert

Date Appointed: September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of primary care physicians who see recipients

Wilson Pace, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at the DARTNet Institute. Wilson has almost 30 years of experience as a family physician providing care to Medicaid members. Currently, he is focused on research related to delivery care models that improve health outcomes and quality of care in primary care offices across the country.

MPRRAC Vice Chair: September 2017-September 2018

MPRRAC Chair: September 2018-September 2020

Recommended by a statewide association of primary care physicians: Colorado Academy of Family Physicians

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Leroy M. Garcia, Jr. (2015); Chris Holbert (2019)

Dates Appointed: September 2015; September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of dentists providing services to recipients

Kim Kretsch, DDS, MBA, is a pediatric dentist at Colorado Dentistry for Children, LLC. As a partner in a pediatric dental practice, Kim deals with the financial and clinical aspects of a dental practice serving Medicaid members in a rural setting.

Recommended by a statewide association of dentists: Colorado Dental Association

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Chris Holbert

Date Appointed:  September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Dave Friedenson, MD, FACEP, is the Chief Medical Officer of Reventics, a medical coding and billing company serving FQHCs. Dave is also a practicing emergency physician and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Reimbursement and Coding Committee.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Chris Holbert

Date Appointed: September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of nonmedical home and community-based service (HCBS) providers

Matt VanAuken is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Developmental Pathways, a non-profit that receives Medicaid funding for nonmedical services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Chris Holbert

Date Appointed: September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of providers serving recipients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Rob Hernandez serves in this seat. Additional information is unavailable at this time.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate: Chris Holbert

Date Appointed: September 2019

Term End: September 2023

Representative of child recipients with a disability

Maureen Welch is a consultant for individuals needing public disability benefits support. She also has lived experience that directly relates to her seat on the committee.

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives: KC Becker

Date Appointed: December 2019

Term End: December 2023

Representative of specialty care physicians not employed by a hospital who see recipients

This seat is currently vacant.

Recommended by a statewide association whose members include at least one-third of the doctors of medicine or osteopathy licensed by the state: TBD

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of providers of alternative care facilities (ACFs)

Vennita Jenkins, MBA, is the Director of Operations at Senior Housing Options. Vennita has over 25 years of experience in the field of aging services in Colorado. She has worked in Assisted Living for Medicaid members and the Colorado Medicaid-operated Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Recommended by a statewide association of ACFs: LeadingAge Colorado

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives: KC Becker

Date Appointed: December 2019

Term End: December 2023

Representative of single entry point agencies

This seat is currently vacant.

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs)

This seat is currently vacant.

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of hospice providers

This seat is currently vacant.

Recommended by a statewide association of hospice and palliative care providers: TBD

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of substance use disorder providers (SUD)

This seat is currently vacant.

Recommended by a statewide association of SUD providers: TBD

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of facility-based physicians who see recipients

Murray Willis is a physician anesthesiologist at the Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists. He has many years of experience with professional reimbursement issues, as well as lobbying the legislature on budget, scope of practice, and medical practice issues.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives: Patrick Neville (2015); Hugh McKean (2020)

Date Appointed: September 2015; December 2020

Term End: December 2024

Representative of pharmacists providing services to recipients

This seat is currently vacant.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of managed care health plans

Gretchen McGinnis, MSPH, is the Senior Vice President of Healthcare Systems and Accountable Care for Colorado Access, the state’s largest Medicaid and CHP+ health plan. She has direct experience with public sector benefit design, provider contracting, and payment models.

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives: Patrick Neville

Date Appointed: June 2016

Term End: June 2020

Representative of advance practice nurses

Dixie Melton currently serves in this seat. Further information is unavailable at this time.

Recommended by a statewide association of nurses: TBD

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

Representative of physical therapists or occupational therapists

This seat is currently vacant.

Recommended by a statewide association representing occupational or physical therapists: TBD

Appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Date Appointed: TBD

Term End: TBD

 
 
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