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NEXT MONDAY – a conversation with MARK BERTOLINI

Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini  has been at the national forefront of shaping healthcare financing.  We are pleased to have him as our guest speaker at the Summer State-of-the-State on July 16.  Come hear what he has to say about the current state of the industry and its future.  You’ll want to be “in the room” […]

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M&A Doubles Last Year’s Six Month Total

In the healthcare sector, mergers and acquisitions have doubled year-over-year.  For the first six month of this year the sector total is $315.74 billion, compared with $154.87 billion in 2017.  Healthcare is the third most active sector, topped only by energy and media entertainment. Two deals represent 43.1 percent of the healthcare M&A total, CVS […]

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Democrats Pushback on Supreme Court Nominee

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, has been met with protest.  Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  If confirmed, he would be the second youngest Justice serving on the U.S. Supreme Court at age 53.  Justice Neil Gorsuch is three years […]

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New Brain Injury Treatment Center for Southern Colorado

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence headquartered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in  Bethesda, MD is building a satellite facility at Fort Carson south of Colorado Springs.  The new brain injury treatment center will be the seventh such facility built solely with funds from the nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Each is designed […]

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Regs. for Mobile Health Apps in the Works at FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated its intent to create a regulatory framework for mobile medical apps that will both foster innovation and provide consumer protections.   The FDA has chosen to not interfere with low-risk health care apps but sees the necessity for involvement in more sophisticated apps that are available for public […]

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Amazon and Its Supply Chain Strategy

Amazon’s acquisition of online pharmacy distributor, PillPack, has shaken the U.S. stock market in the drugstore, pharmacy benefits managers  and shipping sectors.   The e-commerce giant decided last month to hold off on efforts to expand  into the pharmaceutical and medical supply distribution market for large hospital systems and outpatient clinics.  There simply was not enough […]

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Amazon Makes Move Toward Online Pharmacy

Amazon has signed a definitive merger agreement with PillPack, an online pharmaceutical provider.   The timing of the  announcement came as a surprise to analysts. The corporation had recently abandoned plans to enter the pharmaceutical and medical supply distribution business  for large hospital systems.  However, it appears that it still had its eye on a direct-to-consumer […]

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Transplant Program Voluntarily Suspended at Porter

Porter Hospital has voluntarily decided to suspends its transplant program for 6 to 12 months to thoroughly review and make appropriate changes to its surgical procedures and staffing.   The hospital has contracted with the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute to help oversee the process. The decision will impact approximately 232 patients who were scheduled for transplant […]

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National Emergency Nurses Association Honors Two Colorado Emergency Departments

The Emergency Nurses Association is out with 19 names of emergency departments to receive their prestigious Lantern Award.  Colorado is home to two of the 2018 recipients:  St. Anthony Hospital Emergency Department in Lakewood, and Swedish Medical Center Emergency Department in Englewood.    The award recognizes EDs that demonstrate excellent practices, foster teaching environments and promote […]

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