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Born of the Affordable Care Act, Bundled Payments Seem to Deliver on Their Promise

05 September 2018

The ACA authorized an experiment:  pay hospitals a single amount for surgeries to replace joints like knees and hips instead of paying them for each individual service. The hope was that hospitals could lower costs and maintain or improve the quality of care. It was voluntary under the Obama administration — hospitals could opt in or […]

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Colorado Springs Population Growth Fuels Hospitals’ Expansion

05 September 2018

Three Colorado Springs hospitals have growth plans coming in the near future. St. Francis Medical Center has admitted patients to its recently opened neonatal intensive care unit this past week.  St. Francis Medical Center’s $102 million expansion project is expected to be completed in early 2019, including several new operating rooms in October and a new emergency […]

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Gene O’Hara to Retire

05 September 2018

CEO of Colorado Plains Medical Center in Ft. Morgan, Gene O’Hara, is retiring.  He has been CEO of the medical center since 2014.  He will remain in his current position until his successor is named. His professional career spans nearly 40 years in the medical administration field.  Before returning to Colorado, he was the vice […]

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Colo. Division of Insurance Releases Report Detailing Market Share and Financial Status of Companies

05 September 2018

“This report is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to dig into the data and find out more about the insurance market here in Colorado,” said Interim Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “It is a great tool for in-depth research or just to answer simple questions.” For each line of insurance, the report details the […]

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St. Mary’s adds Orthopaedic Practice to Its Team

05 September 2018

SCL affiliate in Grand Junction, St. Mary’s Hospital, has added the Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates to its medical team.  The acquisition became effective September 1 and RMOA will continue to operate at its current clinic location. It brings to St. Mary’s  an orthopaedic team of  nine physicians, and nine advanced practice professionals with an added […]

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Flu Shot over Mist for children

05 September 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with the recommendation that pediatric patients be given a flu vaccine for the coming season rather than the popular nasal spray vaccine FluMist.  The recommendation differs from that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC has not made a similar recommendation out of  concern that […]

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Penrose-St. Francis has a New Leader

29 August 2018

Dr. Brian Erling will be the next CEO at Centura Health’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.  He replaces Margaret Sabin,who after nearly a decade as CEO at Penrose-St. Francis submitted her resignation effective March 16 to pursue other health care related interests in the Colorado Springs area. Dr. Erling stepped in to serve […]

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Colorado Division of Insurance Can Find Lost Annuities and Life Insurance Policies

29 August 2018

To address the nationwide problem of lost policies, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners created the Life Insurance Policy Locator. Operational in 2016, the locator has helped in the recovery of $5,676,199 to 375 Colorado consumers and $92.5 million returned to people across the U.S. Interim Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway said, “These people bought life insurance with […]

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OTC Partnership between Anthem & Walmart

29 August 2018

Anthem’s Medicare Advantage plan members will have an added benefit next year.  Anthem and Walmart will partner to give access to Walmart discounts for MA members with their OTC plan allowances to buy OTC medications and supplemental non-medical products and make available to online purchasers free two-day shipping for orders exceeding $35. Since February when […]

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Paladina Health Eyes Vigorous Expansion

29 August 2018

DaVita sold the primary care provider network three-months ago.  Paladina Health provides employer-sponsored primary medical services for employees through onsite and shared health care centers.  After acquiring $165 million in its first round of funding, Paladina is ready to expand.  The model is to open clinics that can treat workers faster than often overbooked primary-care doctors.  […]

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