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Study to Test Strategy to Fight Superbugs

10 April 2019

Some of the most common bacteria in health care facilities are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, often called “nightmare bacteria.” E.Coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae are two common germs that can fall into this category when they become resistant to last-resort antibiotics known as carbapenems. CRE bacteria cause an estimated 600 deaths each year, according to the CDC. People in hospitals are vulnerable […]

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Telemedicine Linked to Overprescribing Antibiotics for Kids

10 April 2019

During telemedicine visits, patients interact with doctors and nurses through video or audio calls. They can be less expensive and easier than trying to get in at a pediatrician’s office or hauling kids to an urgent care center. A study by Dr. Kristin Ray of the University of Pittsburgh was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Ray […]

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$ 1.7 Billion Medicare Orthopedic Brace Scam Foiled

10 April 2019

Perpetrators peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office said the fast-moving scam morphed into multiple related schemes, fueled by kickbacks among the parties involved. The FBI, the IRS, and 17 U.S. attorney’s offices took part in the crackdown. 24 arrests were […]

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CORHIO Names Next Chief Information Officer

10 April 2019

Deanna Towne has been named the next chief information officer for CORHIO.  She formerly served as the IT director and acting deputy chief customer officer of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology under the Hickenlooper administration.  In that position, she was the health IT  executive support for both the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy […]

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Eagle County to Address Behavioral Health Head-On

10 April 2019

Vail Health has committed $60 million to address behavioral health issues that have plagued Eagle County.  The county is but one mountain community that has been labeled part of the “suicide belt” in the U.S.   It estimates that there is a suicide attempt nearly every day  and  17 people lost their lives to suicide in […]

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Cigna Offers Aid to Diabetics

03 April 2019

Type 1 Diabetics require daily doses of insulin to sustain life.  Not a “new drug”, insulin was invented in 1922. U.S. lawmakers have focused on healthcare companies regarding rising costs of medicine.  Powerful committees in Congress held hearings in January on insulin affordability. The annual cost of insulin for treating a type 1 diabetes patient […]

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Telehealth Outpacing Traditional Sites for Care

03 April 2019

Fair Health examined its database of 28 billion commercial insurance claims, the largest repository in the country. National use of urgent-care centers increased 14%, followed by retail clinics at 7% and ambulatory surgery centers at 6%, while emergency department utilization declined 2%. Telehealth use jumped 53% from 2016 to 2017, surpassing all other sites of […]

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Colorado Hospital Health Care Cost Transparency Law

03 April 2019

Governor Polis has signed a bipartisan hospital health care cost transparency bill into law.   Starting in 2020, the law will require hospitals to annually submit uncompensated costs and expenditures to the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance for review.  The law is a fact finding effort to give law makers more data for […]

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Democratic Senators Reveal “Medicare X”

03 April 2019

Two Democratic senators put forward a proposal Tuesday that would allow anyone to buy Medicare plans, a proposal they say is  more realistic than proposals like “Medicare for all” that would eliminate private insurance companies and reshape the American health care system. “I just think this is a much more practical way of trying to achieve the objective of […]

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U.S. Measles Cases on the Rise

03 April 2019

Measles were declared eliminated in 2000.  However, global travel has return the disease to U.S shores.    As of March 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 387 individual cases from around the country.  Colorado is one of fifteen states with confirmed cases this year. If reporting continues at […]

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