Featured Stories
Colorado Headlines
 

Colorado Headlines

Check out all the latest healthcare news from Colorado.

Dr. Bill Wright Adds to His Resume

16 January 2019

As of the first of the year, Dr. Bill Wright is the program medical director at Colorado Access.  Dr. Wright served as the executive medical director and president at Colorado Permanente Medical Group from October 2007 to December 2015.   In his position at CPMG, he oversaw 1,100 physician and accompanying associates in 29 facilities along […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado Comings & Goings, Colorado News, Comings and Goings, News0 Comments

Stethoscopes May Transmit Bacteria from Patient to Patient

16 January 2019

Stethoscopes are ubiquitous symbols of health care providers. Worn around the neck to be easily used during patient rounds and visits. We’ve come to expect hand washing before being touched by a provider, but what about the stethoscope ? The journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology published a study. Read the abstract. “This study underscores the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

New Day Dawns for Colorado State Government

09 January 2019

Jared Polis became Colorado’s Governor with yesterday’s inauguration. Also sworn in were an all new slate of state officials. Attorney General Phil Weiser,  State Treasurer Dave Young,  Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. All are now Democrats. Sworn in last Friday were the Colorado House of Representatives and State Senate, both […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

Joe Swedish Begins New Venture

09 January 2019

Well known to Coloradoans since his time heading the Colorado-based Centura Health system, Joe Swedish became CEO of the national powerhouse Anthem. Four years as Chief Executive Officer notably included a move to merge with Cigna. The  merger was stymied by regulators. After stepping away from the CEO role,  Swedish stayed on as an executive […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, Comings and Goings, National News, News0 Comments

Healthgrades Expands with Acquisition of East Coast Firm

09 January 2019

Denver-based Healthgrades has acquired Birmingham, Alabama-based Influence Health, a company that offers web development , social media and data search capabilities for the health care industry.  The merger will enhance Healthgrades’  “Customer-Relationship Management” data analytics offerings. The customer-base for the combined companies will expand to 1,500 from each firm’s current 1,000 base.  Influence Health has […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) Releases APCD 2018 Annual Report

09 January 2019

APCD is the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), the state’s most comprehensive health claims database. The database now contains claims for approximately three quarters of the covered lives in Colorado, with claims from 39 commercial health insurance plans, including Medicare Advantage and voluntarily submitted self-insured employer plans, plus Medicaid and Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims. […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

National Federation of the Blind Sues Electronic Health Record Vendor Epic Systems

09 January 2019

The advocacy group claims Epic’s software isn’t suitable for blind and low-vision users, according to a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts. The state’s disability protection law forms the basis for the claim. The lawsuit alleges that because EHRs aren’t easily accessible to the blind, the technology limits them from taking jobs in healthcare. The federation argues Epic […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

Percentage of Women in Healthcare C-suites Unrepresentative of Industry Demographic

09 January 2019

New research from Oliver Wyman reports  that although women represent 65 percent of the healthcare workforce they make up only 30 percent of senior leadership positions.  Women hold 30 percent of COO, 23 percent of CFO and 13 percent of CEO positions in healthcare organizations, nationwide. Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm based in […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

Drug Manufacturers Bump Up Prices in New Year

09 January 2019

In the U.S., more than 250 prescription drugs saw a price hike as of the first of the year.   The number of drugs with a higher price tag was down approximately a third from the 400 prescription with an increase at the beginning of  2018.  Nevertheless,  the U.S.  still holds the unenviable designation as the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado News, National News, News0 Comments

Estes Park Health’s CMO Resigns

09 January 2019

Martin Koschnitzke, M.D. has resigned from his chief medical officer position at Estes Park Health hospital.  The reason given for his resignation is his desire to concentrate his efforts on his Obstetrics Practice.  He has served as CMO since 2017. He joined Estes Park Health in 1996 and has previously served as the hospital’s chief […]

Read the full story

Posted in Colorado Comings & Goings, Colorado News, Comings and Goings, News0 Comments

Register for the Summer State-of-the-State

Join us for a conversation with Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini.  REGISTER HERE.

Thank You For Your Loyalty.

HCCA, publishers of the Colorado Managed Care Newsletter, began reporting on the financing of healthcare in Colorado in December of 1983. As we begin our 34th year, we are grateful for the opportunity to be one of your sources of information in this ever-changing, healthcare market.