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Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Lists Coloradan’s Top Concerns in Governor’s Race

10 October 2018

In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 1800 people were queried about a wide range of topics. Overall Coloradans are optimistic about the state’s economy and job market, 59 percent saying the economy is improving. On the downside, most feel housing costs (80 percent), and health care costs (55 percent) are getting worse. There are […]

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DOJ Gives O.K. to CVS Acquisition of Aetna with Conditions

10 October 2018

Earlier this week, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced that it would not challenge the proposed acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health pending the completion of conditions. Aetna must divest itself of it Medicare Part D business.  Arrangements are in the works for WellCare Health Plans to buy Aetna’s Medicare prescription drug plans which […]

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State Officials Believe Aggressive Hospital Growth Fueling Rate Increases

10 October 2018

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is compiling data for a report expected this fall. The data so far is described as showing prices raised by 76 percent over the seven year period studied, profits among the largest in the nation and more aggressive construction of facilities than all but one other […]

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UCHealth Gears Up for Opening of Greeley Hospital

10 October 2018

The new UCHealth medical campus in Greeley is scheduled to open in late spring/early summer of 2019.  The hospital intends to hire 375 new employees to staff the facility.  Close to one hundred of the new positions have already been filled, leaving 285 openings.  Job opportunities are posted on the career page for UCHealth at […]

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UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

10 October 2018

The Annual Rural Health Conference, presented by the Colorado Rural Health Center, will be held this year at the Colorado Springs Marriott on Tech Center Drive.  Conference dates are: Wednesday, October 17, through Friday October 19.  The Annual Rural Health Conference is the only conference in the state dedicated to exclusively rural health issues.  Register […]

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UCHealth’s CMIO Shares Views on Necessary Skills for CMIOs

10 October 2018

Chief medical information officer at UCHealth, Dr. C.T. Lin, was interviewed by Becker’s Hospital Review on his role in formalizing a relationship between the hospital’s IT Department and the medical staff. Dr. Lin recalls how in 1998 is 7 page critique of the shortfalls of the computer system to address the needs of the medical […]

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Physician-Patient Relationship is Critical to Healthcare

03 October 2018

Much is made of embracing new technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Sometimes the human element is downplayed. The reality is that people are social animals, and the relationships they establish and nurture are critical. This is certainly the case when it comes to primary healthcare. “My ability to get the best medical results for my […]

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CHI Reports Significant Operating Income Gains for FY 2018

03 October 2018

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) has reported a 53 percent increase in its operating income in fiscal year 2018 over the previous year.  This translates to an operating income gain of $317 million even with a drop in acute admissions of 3.4 percent.  CHI has been able to offset admission reductions with revenue cycle improvements and […]

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CMS Announces “eMedicare” Initiative

03 October 2018

“eMedicare” is a multi-year initiative intended to empower patients and update Medicare resources to meet beneficiaries’ expectation of a more personalized customer experience. The eMedicare initiative is to modernize the way beneficiaries get information about Medicare and create new ways to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their families. The eMedicare initiative’s […]

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65 Year Old Antibiotic Gets New Life

03 October 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 million Americans get infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die. Many antibiotics no longer work well, or at all, against some bacterial infections, due to their overuse in medicine and livestock production. A new drug also known as omadacycline, is the first in […]

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