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HCA & KKR Rumored to Have Made Offer for Envision Healthcare

It is reported by  Reuters and other media sources that HCA Healthcare and private equity firm KKR & Co. are collaborating to purchase Envision Healthcare.   The offer would divide the ambulatory surgery division from other corporate divisions giving HCA the AmSurg assets reported to include 255 surgery centers across the U.S.  The other divisions would […]

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FDA Accuses and Names Drug Companies with Anti-competitive Practices

The FDA has published a list of 52 branded drugs that the administration feels are using delay tactics to keep generic drug companies from manufacturing lower priced alternatives. A Kaiser Health News analysis has found that the delaying tactics and the double digit percentage cost increases for 47 of the 52 branded drugs reviewed, cost […]

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Medical Tourism Promoted in Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed with Venue Health & Analytics and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to encourage medical tourism in the City.  The partners have created and launched a website, ChampioshipCareColoradoSprings.com, designed to offer another component to the region’s economic development. In addition to publicizing the benefits of a visit to […]

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ManorCare Purchase Key to New Healthcare Network for Seniors

The  Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust, Welltower Inc., is making a $2.7 billion offer to purchase the real estate holdings of HCR ManorCare, the national nursing home chain in the throws of bankruptcy.  It intends to partner with non-profit hospital operator, ProMedica, to create a 30-state healthcare system for the country’s aging population. In […]

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“Right to Try” Legislation Passes Congress

On a 250-169 vote, the House of Representatives passed “right to try” legislation that is designed to allow terminally ill patients to bypass the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and try experimental therapies to deal with their medical issues.  The Senate passed similar legislation nine months ago. The legislation now goes to the President’s desk […]

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Administration Says No to Lifetime Limits on Medicaid

The Trump administration has stated that it will not approve requests from states to put lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage.  Several states including Arizona, Kansas, Utah and Wisconsin have approached the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service requesting some form of lifetime limits on benefits. The administration has made it a priority to give more […]

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Five Coloradans Among “100 Great Healthcare Leaders”

Five Coloradans have been recognized with inclusion in the 2018 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Great Healthcare Leaders”.    The list includes exemplary leaders from among healthcare providers, government agencies, insurers, and ancillary service providers.   It includes leaders from both large and small organizations that have made a difference over the past year. The Colorado executives […]

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Record Number of Physicians Now Certified in Obesity Medicine

In the first quarter of 2018, the American Board of Obesity Medicine, headquartered in Denver, has increased the number of board certified obesity medicine physicians by more than 28 percent.   A record 580 physicians passed the board certification testing and now have the specialized knowledge and training to deal with this rapidly growing health issue.  […]

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Nursing Market in Colorado

This week is National Nurses Week.  National research firm, WalletHub, has released its annual survey comparing the nursing market in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 21 different metrics to analyze the nursing job market in each location.   Data from a variety of independent sources was used to determine the […]

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CMS Releases Rural Health Strategy Guide

On May 8, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released the first Rural Health Strategy, designed to improve access and quality of care to rural America.  The Rural Health Council, a CMS affiliate, surveyed stakeholders and consumers to determine what was most needed to enhance health care in rural areas. The research found eight main […]

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