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Leadership Team Announced for CHI/Dignity Health Merger

05 December 2018

The leadership team has been announced for the projected merger of CHI and Dignity Health by year’s end.  The new corporation to be named CommonSpirit Health will keep both current CEOs in that role going forward, each with different areas of responsibility.  The merger will unite more than 700 care sites and 139 hospitals creating […]

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Study Finds Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Provide Same Care Quality as Physicians for Diabetes Patients

05 December 2018

The researchers looked at data from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record to analyze potential differences in diabetes outcomes in patients of physicians, NPs and PAs. The study included data from more than 300,000 adults with diabetes who were treated by 3,487 physicians, 1,445 NPs and 443 PAs across 568 VA primary care […]

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Annual Events: Open Enrollment and Higher Premiums in Rural and Mountain Areas

05 December 2018

It’s been common knowledge for several years that health care costs and insurance premiums are substantially higher in the mountain resort areas compared to Colorado’s urban markets. It is illustrated each year when Affordable Care Act offerings are revealed. In many geographic areas only one or two health plans are available via the ACA. After […]

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Parkview Medical Center Introduces Next COO

05 December 2018

Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo has announced the promotion of Darrin Smith to chief operating officer to take place in the first quarter of 2019.  He currently serves as vice president of Human Resources for the hospital. Smith has been with Parkview since 2005, when he joined the organization’s Human Resources Department.  During his career, […]

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Another Year, Another Check to Colorado Springs from UCHealth

05 December 2018

After another successful year at Memorial Hospital, UCHealth will pay the City of Colorado Springs via the Colorado Springs Health Foundation its fourth consecutive revenue-sharing dollars since taking over operation of the hospital in 2012. The amount to be shared with the City is $675,475.   The amount is about half of the first year’s split […]

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A little One-On-One Pays Health Dividends

05 December 2018

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has released a study that shows that just 45 minutes of one-on-one conversation with a patient with a chronic disease can measurable improve both the patient’s attitude and ability to self-manage their own care. The study coined “The Other 45” connected chronic disease sufferers with second-year medical student […]

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CEO Named at Summit Medical Center

28 November 2018

Centura Health’s St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco has named Lee Boyles as the hospital’s next CEO.  He is the former president of Catholic Health Initiatives’ St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls, Minn. He succeeds CEO Paul Chodkowski who retired in August after thirteen years with the organization.  He was the first CEO of […]

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Advertising May Be Directed to You by Internet-Connected Devices in Your Home

28 November 2018

Kinsa, a San Francisco company that has raised about $29 million from venture capitalists since it was founded in 2012, says its internet-connected thermometers are in more than 500,000 American households. It has promoted the usefulness of its “illness data,” which it says is aggregated and contains no identifying personal information before being passed along to […]

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CVS & Aetna Merger – FINALIZED

28 November 2018

CVS and Aetna are officially one mega company.  The merger combines the largest retail pharmacy corporation with the third largest health insurance company in the country.  Annual revenues are predicted to exceed $245 billion.  The merged company will operated under the name CVS Health.   Aetna will be run as a standalone business within the company. […]

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CMS Signals Interest in Social Determinants of Health Care

28 November 2018

In a speech Alex Azar revealed that the agency has a responsibility to address patients’ social needs and that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is working on a pilot model. “In our very name and structure, we are set up to think about all the needs of vulnerable Americans, not just their healthcare needs,” […]

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