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A Change is Coming for Colorado Managed Care Newsletter

With the May newsletter, this “SnapShot on Health” edition and after 36 years, HCCA and the Hertel family will be handing the “little gray newsletter” to a new publisher. What they will offer is still in the planning stages, but be assured, you will be pleased. Over the past three and a half decades and […]

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Steve ErkenBrack Leaves Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Steve ErkenBrack announced that he would be leaving UnitedHealth’s Rocky Mountain Health Plans sometime this summer.  The announcement on May 21 was not anticipated.  He has lead the health plan since 2009 serving as president and CEO.  Prior to that, he served as vice president of legal and government affairs for the organization from 2002 […]

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TELEHEALTH: A Value-based Solution to the US Physician Shortage

Two trends illustrate a growing need for chronic illness management and proactively reaching patients before they present at the hospital. The U.S. population’s age demographics have created a need for more proactive care. Three million baby boomers are estimated to reach retirement every year for the next 20 years, according to Advisory Board.  Also, 33 percent of […]

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U.S. Senate Package of Health Care Bills – What’s Inside

Leaders of the Senate health committee (HELP) released a bipartisan package of healthcare bills on May 23 that address a wide-range of issues facing the industry.  The package addresses surprise medical billing, high prescription drug costs, price transparency, patient data access, and the establishment of policies to address the social determinants of health.  Although it […]

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Physicians Rank Highest in Suicide Rate of Any Profession

The rigorous work schedule and pressure faced by U.S. doctors have them “stressed to the point of breaking” and studies estimate that a doctor dies by suicide every day in the United States. Dr. Edward Ellison, executive medical director and chairman at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, spoke at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference in New York. […]

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Study Shows Major Gaps in Hospital-Home Health Care Provider Communications in Colorado

A survey of Colorado home health care clinicians (HHCs) revealed that 60 percent said they had not received enough information to guide patient treatment while 52 percent said patients often had unrealistic expectations of the kind of care they would receive. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus study was published in the Journal of the […]

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CORHIO Adds to Executive Team

The Board of Directors at CORHIO has announced that Annie Harrington will be the organization’s next chief legal officer.  She most recently served as principal in the international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs in its Denver office. Among her clients at the law firm were members of the healthcare community where she counseled on matters […]

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New Law Changes Medical Cannabis Prescribing Restrictions

On May 23, Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 13 that allows Colorado Doctors to recommend medical marijuana to treat all conditions that previously would have used opioids as a pain reliever.  Colorado law previously allowed for the prescribing of medical marijuana for a list of qualifying medical conditions including cancer, HIV and […]

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Bright Health Expands into Five New Locations

Minneapolis-based insurer Bright Health has announced plans to expand its operations into five new states over the next year.  The health insurer was founded in 2016 and currently does business in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.  After its most recent fundraising efforts which brought in $200 million, it announced its plans to […]

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New Older Adult Unit at Banner Health’s McKee Medical Center

Banner Health has announced plans to open a mental health services unit at McKee Medical Center later this year.  It will be designed to provide immediate mental health outpatient services and follow-up care for older adults at its Loveland facility. To compliment the new unit, McKee will begin construction next month on an 18-bed inpatient […]

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