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Career Change for Gretchen Hammer

Gretchen Hammer has served as Colorado Medicaid Director at the Colorado Department of Health Care and Financing.  After her well respected tenure at HCPF, Ms. Hammer has broken new ground, founding her own consulting firm, Public Leadership Consulting Group. Her new firm will focus on providing consulting services to public leaders who work to better […]

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Anthem to Pay Record Judgement in HIPAA Settlement

“The largest health data breach in U.S. history fully merits the largest HIPAA settlement in history,” said Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino. “Unfortunately, Anthem failed to implement appropriate measures for detecting hackers who had gained access to their system to harvest passwords and steal people’s private information.” In January 2015, Anthem discovered cyberattackers […]

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Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Affecting Children on the Rise

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) has been seen more frequently the last four years.   AFM affects the gray matter in the spinal cord, causing sudden muscle weakness and a loss of reflexes. The illness can lead to serious complications — including paralysis or respiratory failure — and requires immediate medical attention. The federal Centers for Disease Control […]

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HHS Proposes Drug Pricing Information as Part of an Advertising Pitch

As part of its May 2018 blueprint to lower drug prices for consumers, HHS this week proposed a requirement that drugmakers include pricing information in their television advertising for any prescription costing more than $35 per month to fill. Although the price to consumers varies significantly, the suggested list price is the common measure to […]

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Bose Hearing Aid Gets FDA O.K.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given marketing authorization to the Bose Corporation for a self-fitting hearing aid, the Bose Hearing Aid.  The Bose Corporation was the first to seek FDA marketing authorization for their hearing aid product. What separates this wireless device from others in the field is its self-programming feature which allows […]

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Univ. of Colorado Hospital Certified as Level I Trauma Center

UCHealth’s University of Colorado Hospital has been certified by the State as a Level I Trauma Center.  The designation makes it the fifth hospital in the state and the fourth in the metro-Denver area to receive the highest ranking for trauma care.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the State Emergency Medical […]

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Centura Health and Grand Junction’s Community Hospital in Merger Talks

A letter-of-intent has been signed between Centura Health and Community Hospital that would add the Grand Junction hospital to the Centura Health System.  The two providers are looking to have a definitive agreement on the arrangement within 120 days.   Given its status as a nonprofit facility, the acquisition would require approval from the state attorney […]

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TMS Center of Colorado Offers Non-drug Treatment for OCD

TMS Center of Colorado  is the first in Colorado and one of the first in the country to offer a non-drug treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults.  It uses transcranial magnetic stimulation with a treatment system known as Deep TMS manufactured by BrainsWay. The procedure has received FDA approval and is the second FDA approved […]

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InnovAge Reaches Growth Milestone

With the recent acquisition of two PACE centers in Virginia plus the late summer acquisition of four centers in Philadelphia, InnovAge has become the largest provider of PACE services in the nation.  In March of 2016, InnovAge received approval from the Colorado Attorney General to convert to a for-profit company from it former nonprofit status. […]

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Colorado Division of Insurance Releases 2019 Health Plans and Rates

The press release from the Division of Insurance has some good news for purchasers of individual and small group health insurance plans. A stabilizing market brings average increases for individuals of 5.6 percent, compared with last year’s average increase of 32 percent. In the small group market (health plans for small employers with two to 100 […]

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