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Candidates for Governor Reveal Healthcare Ideas

With 48 days until election day, candidates are beginning to get specific about what they plan to do if elected. Candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton have disclosed plans for healthcare changes in Colorado. Democrat Jared Polis supports a Medicare-for-all solution to get to universal access to healthcare. He released a “100-Day Roadmap” on health […]

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CFO of CHI Moves On

Senior vice president and CFO of Catholic Health Initiatives, Nick Barto, has taken a new position with BJC Healthcare based in St. Louis, Missouri.  Beginning on December 3, he will be the senior vice president and CFO of the hospital system.   BJC is a non-profit healthcare organization which operates 15 hospitals and is the St. […]

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Trump Administration Sued to Limit Short-term Plans

A coalition of patient advocates and healthcare organizations filed suit in Washington federal court. The filing alleges that the Treasury, Labor and HHS secretaries weaken Americans’ access to life-saving medical care by letting the short-term plans bypass the ACA’s essential health benefit and preexisting condition requirements. In August, the Trump administration issued final regulations for the […]

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Succession Plan Announced for Parkview Medical Center

Mike Baxter has announced that he will step down as the CEO of Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo in February, 2019.  He has lead the hospital as CEO since April 2009 and was COO and senior vice president of Parkview Health System for ten years before taking on the top leadership position. He will be […]

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New Medicare Cards Coming to Colorado

Medicare cards have been redesigned with a new identification number to replace the Social Security Number. The intent is to eliminate one source of potential fraud and protect personal identity information. The cards have been mailed in waves, state by state.  Colorado mailings began this week. CMS is continuously adjusting and improving mailing strategy to […]

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Changes at the Top at The Medical Center of Aurora

Ryan Simpson will transfer back to The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital from Swedish Medical Center to become the next president and CEO.  He is currently COO of Swedish, a position that he has held for less than a year having previously been COO of the Aurora hospitals. Dan Miller, current CEO […]

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Cigna & Express Scripts Get Go Ahead from Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has given its approval for Cigna and  pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, to move forward with their planned merger.  The merger requires the regulatory approval of a select number of States and the successful completion of the closing conditions.  Both companies anticipate the deal will close by the […]

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FDA OKs Apple’s Newest Heart Monitoring Watch

Apple has received FDA clearance to market directly to consumers its latest Apple Watch designed to monitor the wearer’s heart activity with medical-grade accuracy ECG data that can detect atrial fibrillation.  This is the first such approval of its kind by the FDA. The Apple Series 4 watch includes two new features.  The first is […]

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Local Hospital CEO Takes New Assignment

Dan Miller, CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital will be moving to San Antonio to become CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital.  Both facilities are part of Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare. Before taking the position of CEO at The Medical Center of Aurora in 2015, Miller was COO of […]

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Denver Hospice Expands Program with Daniels Fund Grant

The Denver Hospice has received a $150,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to expand its disease-specific Palliative Care at Home program under the hospice’s Optio Health Services division. The new funding will expand care options with uniquely tailored programs that meet the disease-specific need of each patient.  The tailored, care program can be provided in-home […]

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