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Colorado Legislators Want to Look at Hospitals’ Books

On the House Health and Insurance Committee calendar for January 16 is House Bill 1001, a wide-ranging proposal by State Representative Chris Kennedy (D-Lakewood). It would require hospitals to open their books to the state in a variety of ways to let officials determine if they are spending the billions of dollars they receive in […]

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Virtual Doctor Visits Studied for Quality

Researchers from Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital surveyed 254 patients after their first virtual visit via the MGH TeleHealth Program, which was launched in 2012 and began offering video visits in 2013. They also polled 61 clinicians who participated in the first full year of the program. Some key findings from the survey: 1. Sixty-two percent […]

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Walmart and CVS Scheduled to Split over Prescription Costs

Consumers using CVS Caremark, the  corporation’s pharmacy-benefits management (PBM) program, will no longer be able to pick up their prescriptions from a Walmart pharmacy.  A dispute arising over reimbursement levels and designated locations for prescription fulfillment between the two mega-corporations has severed the existing relationship. The split is scheduled for sometime in the next couple […]

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Flu Season Proving to be Milder than Last Year

As influenza activity begins to peak for this flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are predicting a milder version of last year’s brutal season.  The current vaccine seems to be attacking this year’s virus more effectively than in year’s past.  Last season tallied the highest death toll from the flu and […]

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Stethoscopes May Transmit Bacteria from Patient to Patient

Stethoscopes are ubiquitous symbols of health care providers. Worn around the neck to be easily used during patient rounds and visits. We’ve come to expect hand washing before being touched by a provider, but what about the stethoscope ? The journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology published a study. Read the abstract. “This study underscores the […]

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New Day Dawns for Colorado State Government

Jared Polis became Colorado’s Governor with yesterday’s inauguration. Also sworn in were an all new slate of state officials. Attorney General Phil Weiser,  State Treasurer Dave Young,  Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. All are now Democrats. Sworn in last Friday were the Colorado House of Representatives and State Senate, both […]

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Joe Swedish Begins New Venture

Well known to Coloradoans since his time heading the Colorado-based Centura Health system, Joe Swedish became CEO of the national powerhouse Anthem. Four years as Chief Executive Officer notably included a move to merge with Cigna. The  merger was stymied by regulators. After stepping away from the CEO role,  Swedish stayed on as an executive […]

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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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