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Healthgrades Expands with Acquisition of East Coast Firm

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 […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Drug Manufacturers Bump Up Prices in New Year

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 […]

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Estes Park Health’s CMO Resigns

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 […]

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CenturyLink Outage Hits Banner Health Facilities

The nationwide CenturyLink and Verizon outage that began on December 27 created internet and phone service outages in several states served by the communications giant. One of the more serious outages was experienced by Banner Health and its North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.  The service failure left hospital staff without access to patient records, […]

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Colorado Lawmakers to Propose “Public Option” Plans on First Day of Session

Mountain communities along the Interstate 70 corridor have been particularly hard hit by few health insurance choices and high premiums. State Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan plan to introduce a pair of bills on the first day of the 2019 legislative session that would direct the state to create a public health insurance […]

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Recent Research Points to Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients

Many hospitals are now performing thrombectomies, in which clots are removed quickly, avoiding lasting damage or death. Groundbreaking new research has concluded the sooner the thrombectomy, the better the chances a severe stroke patient will recover, avoid disability, and in many cases recuperate enough to live independently. Most hospitals calling themselves “primary stroke centers” aren’t […]

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Hospitals To Post Prices Online

The new federal law sounds straightforward. The goal of the new law is to help provide patients better information about medical costs but it’s not so simple. Some argue the master list – also called a charge master – will provide prices that don’t reflect the true final cost of services. Julie Lonborg, of the Colorado […]

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