Private Duty Nursing

The Private Duty Nursing (PDN) program provides skilled nursing services on a continuous basis to Health First Colorado members in their place of residence. A plan of care as ordered by the attending physician is developed by the Home Health agency. The plan of care is reviewed periodically by the physician.

Update: 2/3/2023

The Department is extending the administrative approval process through April 2, 2023. Please see the Private Duty Nursing FAQ for additional information.

Who Qualifies?

Health First Colorado Members who*:

  • Require continuous skilled nursing services and meet medical necessity and criteria. 
  • Are not residing in a nursing facility or hospital at the time PDN services are delivered. 
  • Are Technology Dependent. 
  • Have a care plan developed by their physician.
  • Are able to be safely served in their home by a home health agency under the agency requirements and limitations of the PDN benefit and with the staff services available.

* = Not an exhaustive list for eligibility 

Benefits and Services

  • Skilled Nursing Services (provided by a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • All Private Duty Nursing services must be prior authorized.

Private Duty Nursing Webinars

February 23, 2022

November 10, 2022

  • Webinar Recording
    • Description: This information session is for members and families, it will include the content covered in the first session with additional updates from the question and answer session.

November 1, 2022

  • Webinar Recording
    • Description: This information session is geared towards families and includes an overview of recent updates to Private Duty Nursing, addressed frequent questions about the Temporary Administrative Approval process, and provides time for a question and answer period.

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