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Colorado Wants to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada. It May Work, Maybe Not

A bill making its way through the Colorado General Assembly with the support of Gov. Jared Polis would create a program to start importation of prescription drugs from Canada by 2022. Colorado is trying to become one of the first states in the nation to import prescription drugs from Canada, a hope to give consumers […]

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1 in 5 Patients Noted Error in Their Electronic Health Record

The January 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll finds the public remains concerned about Electronic Health Records (EHRs).  88 percent of those surveyed say their physician or other health provider enters their health information into a computer-based medical record. While there is wide acceptance among the public for the use of EHRs, some concerns […]

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Social Media Posts Could Affect Insurance Costs, Wall Street Journal Reports

In January, New York became the first state to provide guidance for how life insurers may use algorithms to comb through social media posts—as well as data such as credit scores and home-ownership records—to size up an applicant’s risk. The guidance comes amid expectations that within years, social media may be among the data reviewed […]

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Top Ten Healthiest Counties in Colorado

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute annually survey the health of the nation by individual counties. Several health outcomes and health factors are measured and then the health of a particular county is compared and ranked with other counties in that state. Virtually every county in […]

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UnitedHealth: Freestanding Emergency Departments Charge Up To 22 Times More Than Physician Offices

Freestanding Emergency Departments (EDs) are proliferating.  In 2016, there were at least 566 freestanding EDs in the U.S.   That’s up 42 percent from 2015 and up 155 percent from 2008. Texas is home to 266 freestanding EDs, 204 of which are independent and 62 of which are hospital-owned. Texas began licensing freestanding EDs in […]

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Broken Bones from Falls While Dog Walking are On The Rise Among Older Adults

According to a study published recently in JAMA Surgery, University of Pennsylvania researchers examined government data on emergency room visits for dog walking injuries in adults aged 65 and older. The numbers nationwide jumped from almost 1,700 in 2004 to about 4,400 in 2017. Almost 80 percent of the patients were women, who tend to have […]

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Interview with Centura Health CEO Peter Blanco on Growth Plan

A new 2025 strategic plan has been developed for the future growth of Centennial-based Centura Health.   The two sponsoring organizations, Altamonte Springs, Fla.-base AdventHealth and Chcago-based CommonSpirit Health were in agreement with Centura Health CEO, Peter Banko, that the existing 2020 strategic plan was in need of revision. Kelly Gooch of Becker’s Hospital Review shares […]

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Six Colorado Hospitals Rated 5 Stars by CMS

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in February, recognizing 293 hospitals with five stars. CMS’ Hospital Compare website reports on quality measures for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Here is a breakdown of the updated star ratings: One star: 282 hospitals Two stars: 800 hospitals Three stars: […]

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Banner Partners to Assist the Unisured Find Coverage

Banner Health is partnering with Integrated Health Management Services (IHMS) to help connect uninsured patients with health care coverage options they can access.  IHMS is a leader in revenue-cycle management that benefits both the hospitals financial viability and provides the uninsured patient with health coverage options  IHMS will also act as a clearinghouse for patients […]

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Name for Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase Healthcare Venture Announced

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, (ABC) have announced the name of their joint venture.  It will be called HAVEN.   In January of last year, the three mega-employers announced their plans to create a healthcare organization with the mission of cutting healthcare costs for their U.S. employees. The venture selected Atul Gawande, MD as its […]

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