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Key Position Filled at New Highlands Ranch Hospital

12 December 2018

The UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, scheduled for a March 2019 opening, has a chief medical officer.  UCHealth has announced the selection of Dr. Tom Purcell as CMO.  He has a seven year history with the organization.  He joined the University of Colorado facility in May, 2012. Dr. Purcell currently serves as Associate Director of Clinical […]

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Next CEO of University of Colorado Hospital Named

12 December 2018

UCHealth has announced the selection of Christopher Gessner as University of Colorado Hospital’s next president and CEO.  He replaces Will Cook who will be the next president and CEO of Vail Health.   Cook has held the leadership role at the UCHealth hospital since September 2015. Gessner will move to Colorado from Pennsylvania where he […]

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Hospital Beds Enter the Digital Age

12 December 2018

The latest sign of hospitals’ digital transformation is a hospital bed with sensors to alert staff to a variety of vital signs. Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. said its newest hospital-bed model will include sensors to monitor patients’ heart and respiratory rates. The sensors will check a patient’s vital signs 100 times a minute and alert nurses when […]

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Coalition Formed to Fight Surprise Medical Bills

12 December 2018

Nine organizations representing consumers, businesses and health insurance providers announced they are united to protect patients from surprise, unexpected medical bills. Core principles identified are: Patients Should Be Protected from Surprise Medical Bills Through Federal Legislation. The organizations support federal legislative action to end surprise medical bills. Patients Should Be Informed When Care Is Out […]

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Critical Access Hospital Fined for Failure to Safeguard Patient Health Information

12 December 2018

Pagosa Springs Medical Center in Colorado will pay $111,400 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. A complaint sent to OCR alleged a former employee continued to have access to a web-based scheduling calendar, which resulted in the protected health information of 557 individuals being disclosed to the former employee. “Covered entities that do not […]

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A First for Western Slope Air Ambulance Service

11 December 2018

For the first time in its history, CareFlight, an air medical transport service on the Western Slope,  suited up an all female flight crew for medical transport duties on December 10.  The A-Star 350 B3 helicopter was piloted by CareFlight’s newest pilot, Esther Babcock, who joined the team on December 1.  The crew is based […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Planned Parenthood Funding

11 December 2018

The Supreme Court of the United States declined to review lower case decisions from Louisiana and Kansas on Medicaid funding of organizations like Planned Parenthood.  The three dissenting Justices were Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch.  Newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh opted to not bring the cases before SCOTUS. The two states requesting a […]

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New President of Halcyon Hospice

11 December 2018

Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care has named Joseph Brooks as its next president.  Halcyon Hospice is an affiliate of Care Synergy Network, the region’s largest end-of-life care network with hospice and palliative care facilities located along the Front Range. Brooks joined Halcyon in 2014 as the regional director of operations and through his years of […]

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Governor-elect Polis Names Policy Director

05 December 2018

Wade Buchanan is appointed Policy Director for the Polis Administration. Widely known in the Colorado community, Mr. Buchanan brings a wealth of experience and broad perspective. He has served a former governor, was Executive Director of the Bell Policy Center, served on the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging and most recently as the Senior […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Overpricing and Drug Rebates

05 December 2018

Two key members of the Senate Finance Committee have joined forces to introduce a bill that will curb drug companies from using tactics designed to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates.  Incoming chairman of the committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and ranking member of the committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) are both committed to addressing the […]

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