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The Denver Hospice Welcomes New Physician Leaders

The Denver Hospice, located in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood, has announced the selection of two new associate medical directors. Sheri Knepel, MD comes to the organization from Ohio Health Hospice in Columbus.  She served as associate medical director and lead physician for a group of 150 patients.  She is certified in both Hospice and Palliative Medicine […]

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Healthcare Industry Puts $46.7 Million Into Midterm Campaigns

The 2018 election was projected to be the most expensive midterm in history, with $5 billion expected to be spent by candidates, parties, PACs and outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that compiles data on campaign contributions and lobbying. About 45 percent of America’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care […]

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Voters Give Major Win to DaVita in California

A measure on the California ballot designed to cap dialysis clinic profits went down to defeat by a sizeable margin in this week’s election.  If passed, Proposition 8 would have capped dialysis clinic profits to 15 percent.  With close to 95 percent of the precincts reporting as of early Wednesday, the measure was going down […]

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Hard-of-Hearing Patients at Risk of Hospital Readmission

Hard-of-hearing hospital patients who have trouble communicating with medical personnel are more likely to end up back in the hospital within 30 days, compared to patients who don’t have trouble hearing, a U.S. study suggests. Hospitals are often noisy, chaotic settings, where understanding speech is challenging, particularly for people with hearing loss, which is very […]

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Study Finds Honesty About Medical Errors Does Not Increase Liability

Hospitals have sought to find ethical high ground with initiatives called communication-and-resolution programs.  Hospitals investigate the specifics of adverse events, provide explanations to patients and offer compensation when needed. The study assessed the liability effects of communication-and-resolution programs at four Massachusetts hospitals. One of these programs, known as Communication, Apology, and Resolution, or CARe, was implemented at […]

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CVS Experiments with Membership Program

CVS is test marketing a membership service in the Boston area called CarePass.  For a fee of $48 annually or $5 monthly, members are entitled to free delivery on prescriptions and most online purchases, monthly $10 coupons, pharmacist helpline, and a 20 percent discount on all products with a CVS-brand. CarePass is up and running […]

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Private Equity Firm from Pittsburgh Acquires Colorado Home Health-care Company

3 Rivers Capital, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm, has acquired Aurora-based Amazing Care Home Health Services.  3 Rivers Capital is new to the home health care arena but has garnered success in its physical therapy business and intends to translate that success into this new venture.   It plans to grow the home-healthcare business both […]

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Ebola Virus in Congo Could Become Endemic Given Conditions

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has the potential of becoming, for the first time, an endemic outbreak given its location in a war zone and data that suggestions that 60 to 80 percent of new cases do not have a direct epidemiological link to prior cases. […]

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Paladina Health Hires CVS VP as CMO

Paladina Health has announce the hiring of Dr. Tobias Barker as the organization’s next chief medical officer.  Dr. Barker currently serves as vice president of medical operations and chief medical officer of CVS MinuteClinic.  CVS currently operates more than 1,100 MinuteClinics across 34 states.  He also has overseen CVS’ telemedicine operations nationwide. DaVita sold Paladina […]

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American Medical Association Urges Federal Trade Commission to Monitor Insulin Prices

Insulin was first discovered nearly 100 years ago, and as newer forms of the drug have been introduced, the price has climbed. Three companies — Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk — control 99 percent of the world’s insulin, and advocates have been asking them to explain their pricing. According to the American Diabetes Association, […]

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