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Banner Agrees to $18 Million Settlement on False-Claims Allegations

25 April 2018

Banner Health has agreed to an $18 million settlement with Health and Human Services to resolve allegations of inappropriate billing on Medicare claims.    The allegations cover the time period of November 1, 2007 through December 31, 2016 and cover 12 of the health systems hospitals in both Arizona and Colorado. The original allegations stemmed from […]

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2019 IPPS Proposed Rule Released by CMS

25 April 2018

CMS has released its proposed rule for the 2019 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).  The highlight is an increase in payments to hospitals and long-term care facilities in 2019.    The operating payment rate increase is proposed at 1.75 percent.   When adding in other changes in the rule and updating for uncompensated care, the total […]

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Humana Inline to Become Largest Hospice Operator

25 April 2018

Humana along with private equity companies, TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, have announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire hospice operator, Curo Health Services, for $1.4 billion.  Mooresville, N.C.-based Curo Health Services is a network of hospice and palliative care providers primarily located across the South and Mid-west.  Six facilities […]

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Senior Vice President at WellAge

25 April 2018

WellAge Senior Communities has announced that Moraine Byrne as its next senior vice president of operations.  She will oversee the organization’s involvement in five new senior living development currently under construction in addition to overseeing current operations. With over 30 years of executive experience in assisted living projects, she comes to WellAge from private consulting […]

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Leapfrog Out with Patient Safety Grades for Hospitals

25 April 2018

Seventeen Colorado hospitals have received an “A” grade for safety on the spring report card from national watchdog analyst, The Leapfrog Group. The high number of acute-care hospitals receiving “A” grades places Colorado in the sixth position nationally for safety.  One Denver hospital, Rose Medical Center has received an “A” grade on every report card […]

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Leader for Amazon, Chase, Berkshire Hathaway Joint Venture on the Horizon

25 April 2018

The initiative partnering Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase  to create a jointly held company to provide health care services to their employees is on track to have a leader in the next two months.   Few details about the venture have been released since the health care initiative was announced on January 30. In an […]

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day-this Saturday

25 April 2018

Saturday, April 28 is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”.   The day is designed to offer several locations around the state where unused prescription drugs may be dropped off to be disposed of in a safe for the environment manner. Locations can be found at the federal Drug Enforcement Administration website.    

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Story of Dad with Cancer and Senior Prom

25 April 2018

A West Metro firefighter with Leukemia and in the hospital days away from a transplant did not want to miss the opportunity to pin a corsage on his daughter as she went off to her senior prom.  The nurses at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s hospital made a party of the occassion and a moment to never be […]

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Employer Benefits Survey from Lockton Released

18 April 2018

Lockton is out with its 2018 edition of The Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Report.    Using 2017 data, the survey found that the number one concern among employers was the shortage of qualified workers to fill open positions.  Second and third among their concerns were insurance rate increases and regulatory demands on employers created by health […]

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Southwest Health System Fires Another C-level; Hires Interim CEO

18 April 2018

Southwest Health System in Cortez is once again experiencing a “change in leadership direction”.  The chief financial officer, Angela Kobel, has been terminated as of last Friday and a new interim CEO will begin on April 23.  The moves were announced by Community Hospital Corp., a Plano-Texas-base consulting and hospital management firm engaged by SHS […]

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