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The Medical Center of Aurora to Expand by 50 Beds

11 April 2018

The Medical Center of Aurora, an HCA/HealthONE hospital, has announce plans to expand by fifty beds their North Campus Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.  The addition will increase the bed count at the North Campus to 128.  The expansion will include additional beds for the facility’s senior care and children & adolescent units. Recent research […]

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CVS to Add In-Home Kidney Care to Its Offerings

11 April 2018

Pharmaceutical powerhouse, CVS, has announced plans to add chronic kidney disease monitoring and dialysis to its expanding range of services.   The corporation’s focus on addressing chronic disease issues to improve patient health has driven the decision. CVS and Coram will expand their specialty infusion home service to include a chronic kidney disease initiative.  They will […]

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CDPHE Warns of Possible Sterilization Breach at Porter Adventist Hospital

11 April 2018

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a warning to patients who received orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital over a 19 month period ending in February of this year.  Patients who received orthopedic or spine surgery from July 21, 2016 to February 20, 2018 will be contacted for further […]

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CMS Final Rule Gives States/Plans More Control

11 April 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a final ruling for 2019 effecting the individual and small-group health insurance markets.  A main take-away of the final rule is the flexibility that is given to  states and health insurers to tailor their essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.  The ruling encourages  innovation […]

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Walmart-Humana Merger Rumored

04 April 2018

Walmart is in early conversations with Humana to potentially acquire the health insurer.  The two corporations have a successful partnership history in selling  co-branded, prescription drug plans to seniors.   The success of the Humana-Walmart drug plans are a major reason for the growth in Humana’s stand-alone prescription drug plan market, up 7.2 percent in […]

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Former CEO at University of Colorado Hospital Dies

04 April 2018

Former CEO of University of Colorado Hospital (Colorado General Hospital), Robert M. Dickler, has passed away at the age of 72.  He headed the then Colorado General Hospital from 1981 to 1987.  After his time in Colorado, he spent the next five years  as general director of the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic and […]

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Pikes Peak Regional Hospital Officially a UCHealth Facility

04 April 2018

Effective April 1, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (PPRH) is now officially a part of UCHealth’s network.  PPRH is a 15-bed critical access hospital in Woodland Park.  Before the transition, it was held by Boston-based Steward Health Care System LLC.   Steward is the nation’s largest privately held hospital company.  Steward acquired Pikes Peak Regional Hospital […]

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Brian Turner Named CEO for Solvista Health

04 April 2018

The Board of Directors of Canon City-based Solvista Health has announced the selection of Brian Turner as the organization’s next president and CEO.   Turner has spent his career in public health and behavioral health settings and most recently as deputy director for the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council.  He recently finished a term as president of […]

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Closing of Small Town Newspapers Impacts Tracking of Infectious Disease

04 April 2018

A relied upon source for the tracking of infectious disease outbreaks around the country has been through reporting in local media sources and/or rumors on social media.  The wide-spread closing of small town newspapers has hindered the collection of this data.  Known as event-based surveillance, scanning this informal data source has proven to be an […]

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MA Plans Will Get a Bump Up in 2019…Benefits Could Too.

04 April 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced Monday that Medicare Advantage plans will receive a 3.4 percent increase in 2019.  The original estimate by CMS was a 2019 upward adjustment of 1.84 percent.  This years increase from 2017 was 2.95 percent.  MA enrollment is anticipated to expand to 20.4 million this year, up 9 […]

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