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More Latitude to States on Mental Health Placements

Earlier this week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced to an audience of state Medicaid directors that the administration is rethinking the federal ban on providing Medicaid dollars for inpatient treatment of persons suffering from serious mental health issues.  The new federal policy will give states the opportunity to petition for waivers […]

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Most Admired CEOs-Who’s from Healthcare?

The Denver Business Journal is out with its first edition of the “Most Admired CEOs” for the Denver metro-area.  A total of 15 leaders were honored in this inaugural edition to recognized CEOs with vision, dedication and personal sacrifice to direct their successful companies. Congratulations to Phil Kalin, president and CEO of Pinnacol Assurance for […]

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Studies Show Hospital Merger Mania Costs Patients More Money

Powerful organizations have been forming as hospital mergers proceeded at record pace for ten years. The hospitals assert that consolidation benefits consumers with cheaper prices from coordinated services and other savings. An analysis conducted for The New York Times shows the opposite to be true in many cases. The mergers have essentially banished competition and […]

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Telehealth Has Potential in Rural Areas. How Is It Working ?

Not so well right now it seems. A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed household data from 50,000 households comprising more than 130,000 individuals who participated in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Current Population Survey to assess how people living in rural areas use telehealth services. Looking at three telehealth activities practiced by patients […]

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Ad Campaign Addresses Rx Pricing

Following this month’s election, an ad campaign is in the works to hold campaigning politicians to their promises to focus attention on the rising cost of prescription drugs.  Billed the “Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing”,  a consortium of health industry groups will produce a six-figure, multi-phased ad blitz to encourage law makers to address the […]

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Division of Insurance Recovers $38.4 Million for Colorado Consumers

“Being a resource for Colorado consumers is a key part of our mission, answering people’s questions, investigating their complaints, helping people get their claims paid and restoring coverage when it was improperly cancelled — these are areas where we can really impact lives,” said Interim Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. According to a report of fiscal year […]

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UCHealth Names Two New CNOs

UCHealth has announced the selection of Kay Miller and Julie Nunley to fill chief nursing officer positions within its hospital system.  Both CNOs will serve hospitals in northern Colorado. Kay Miller will transfer from her CNO position with UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs to the CNO position at UCHealth Greeley.  The UCHealth Greeley Campus, […]

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One Colorado Hospital with Straight “A” Grades on Leapfrog’s Safety Review

Rose Medical Center is one of 42 hospitals across the country that has received the highest letter grade -“A” in Leapfrog’s twice annual review of hospital safety performance for the last seven years.  The quality review program was initiated in the spring of 2012 and Rose has received an “A” grade on every report card […]

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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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