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Social Determinants of Health Being Addressed

According to a recent article in Lancet, The gross inequalities in health seen within and between countries present a challenge to the world. That there should be a spread of life expectancy of 48 years among countries and 20 years or more within countries is not inevitable. A growing volume of research identifies social factors […]

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Leapfrog is Out with its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades – 16 Colorado Hospitals with an “A”, 4 with a “D”

Sixteen Colorado hospitals have received an “A” grade for safety on the spring report card from national watchdog analyst, The Leapfrog Group. The high number of acute-care hospitals receiving “A” grades places Colorado in the tenth position nationally for safety.  One Denver hospital, Rose Medical Center has received an “A” grade on every report card […]

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High Prices Due to Lack of Competition: Colorado Health Institute Study

A new report from the Colorado Health Institute shows how, when choices in the health care market lag, prices rise. “I think that what surprised me — it surprised all of us — was just how strong it was, how strong that correlation between competition and price was,” said Emily Johnson, a director at the […]

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RAND Study: Insurers Pay Hospitals More Than Medicare

Across the nation, hospitals treating patients with private health insurance were paid overall 2.4 times the Medicare rates in 2017, according to the RAND analysis. The difference was largest for outpatient care, where private prices were almost triple what Medicare would have paid.The study illustrates the widening chasm between what the federal government and the […]

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Americans Without Health Insurance Increased by 1.1 Million in 2018

2018 is the second consecutive year that number has risen after several years of declines under the Affordable Care Act, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey shows. Efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to challenge and loosen requirements of the Affordable Care Act probably played a role in some going without coverage, analysts said. […]

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States Allege Price Fixing by Generic Drug Makers

Attorneys General from forty-four states have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Connecticut alleging the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions. Also named are 15 individual senior executives responsible for sales, marketing and […]

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DispatchHealth to Double National Presence

Denver-based DispatchHealth has closed on a $33 million Series B round of funding and plans to increase its market presence from eleven cities to tweny-three nationwide.  The growth was made possible primarily  from investor Echo Health Ventures, a strategic collaboration of Cambia Health Solutions and Mosaic Health Solutions. DispatchHealth is currently in Denver, Boulder, Colorado […]

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“Medicare for All” could be Costly and Disruptive: CBO

A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private health care financing to a system paid for entirely by the government. It did not include cost estimates of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation or its House […]

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Recognize and Celebrate Registered Nurses this Week

May 6 marks the start of National Nurses Week, recognizing and celebrating the 4 million registered nurses nationwide. The celebration ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Ms. Nightingale is widely credited for founding modern nursing. The American Nurses Association launched the weeklong event in 1993 and is offering a toolkit with numerous resources to help celebrate nurses […]

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New HHS Rule: “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights”

The Trump administration finalized a new 440-page rule Thursday strengthening protections for healthcare workers who refuse to provide care that violates their religious or moral beliefs. The new rule was announced Thursday by President Donald Trump during remarks at the White House Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer. The reactions were as expected. Proponents, […]

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