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CHA Pilot Program Reduces Opioid Prescribing in ERs

31 January 2018

The six month pilot program to reduce opioid prescribing in Emergency Departments coordinated by the Colorado Hospital Association has seen remarkable outcomes.  For the ten participants, the administration of opioid treatments for pain was reduced by 36 percent compared to the same time period in the prior year.  This represented 35,000 fewer individual opioid administrations […]

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Five Health Care Takeaways from the State of the Union Address

31 January 2018

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday of this week.  Several health care related achievements and issues were discussed during the 90 minute address to the Congress and the nation. Health Leaders Media has outlined five key healthcare takeaways from the speech.  They are:  “1. The individual mandate is […]

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Health Records on Your iPhone

31 January 2018

Apple has announced that customers with an iOS 11.3 beta iPhone will now have the capability to access their medical records using Apple’s Health app.  In the beta stage of its design, Apple is contracting with health organizations to make the required data available for dissemination.  Cerner, Epic and athenahealth are currently participating in addition […]

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Three Corporate Giants Unite on Employee Health Care

31 January 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase have aligned to create a jointly held company to provide health care services to their employees.   The announcement on Tuesday, January 30, surprised the health industry and sent stocks for insurance companies, pharmaceutical distributors and related health care organizations downward. The three corporate giants have agreed that the new […]

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Northwest Colorado Health Names New CEO

31 January 2018

The Board of Directors of Northwest Colorado Health has announced the promotion of Stephanie Einfeld to the position of chief executive officer.  She replaces Lisa Brown who served as CEO for the past seven years.  Einfeld has been with the organization since 2013 serving as revenue cycle manager and director of performance improvement. Northwest Colorado […]

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Names Chief Strategy Officer

24 January 2018

Children’s Hospital Colorado has named Raphe Schwartz as its next senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Prior to join Children’s, Schwartz was a consultant with Chicago-based The Chartis Group, a healthcare advisory and analytics services firm.  He specialized in consulting  with children’s hospital around the country and has consulted with Children’s Hospital Colorado for […]

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CHIP Extended

24 January 2018

The temporary spending plan averting a continued federal government shutdown includes a six-year extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.   The new legislation approved by both chambers of Congress provides $124 billion to states in the matching grant program through 2023.   More than 75,000 children and 800 pregnant women will now be covered under Colorado’s […]

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HHS Secretary Confirmed by Senate

24 January 2018

Alex Azar returns to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as its Secretary.   He replaces former HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price who left the office in late September 2017 following allegations of misuse of taxpayer money related to excessive air travel expenditures. Azar last served HHS under President George W. Bush as […]

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New COO at UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hosp. & Medical Center of the Rockies

24 January 2018

UCHealth has promoted Ryan Rohman to chief operations officer for UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, and UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Rohman has been with the hospitals for 15 years beginning as a floor nurse.   Following several administrative roles at the two hospitals, he was appointed chief nursing officer for […]

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MEETING OF INTEREST: The Opioid Crisis

24 January 2018

The Denver Medical Study Group will be holding its next luncheon conversation on Wednesday, January 31 – noon to 2p.m. at the COPIC Offices – 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver.  The topic will be: “The Opioid Crisis: Latest Developments in the U.S. and Colorado”.   Prescribed opioids and illicit heroin and fentanyl cause over 33,000 deaths per […]

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