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Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust and Kaiser Family Foundation form Partnership

The partnership will hire a Colorado-based Kaiser Health News (KHN) reporter and recruit a team of freelance journalists throughout the state to bring the same high-quality health journalism to Colorado and the surrounding region that KHN produces nationally. This partnership will also share important stories from Colorado and the region with the nation. “This is an […]

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FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Importing Prescriptions

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to CanaRx, a clearing house for overseas pharmacies, stating that the company has been sending “unapproved” and “misbranded” drugs across the border to U.S. consumers. The Canadian company functions not as an online pharmacy but as a broker between brick-and-mortar pharmacies located in Canada, Great Britain […]

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Health and Human Services to Propose Revolutionary Changes to Dialysis Reimbursement

HHS is working on a payment model that would improve care during a patient’s early stages of kidney disease. The model would also favor at-home dialysis treatment over clinic-based care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told Reuters. The intent is to cut back on the $114 billion CMS spends every year on chronic kidney disease and end-stage […]

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Medicare Enrollees Target for Scammers

The Colorado Division of Insurance released a consumer advisory.  Medicare enrollees should be wary of advertising for back and knee braces. Companies that sell the braces and other types of durable medical equipment (also called DME), are doing aggressive advertising in Colorado and across the country – on television, in newspapers, through direct mail, and […]

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Wants Closer Look at Charity Care by Not-for-profit Hospitals

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has revived his oversight push on not-for-profit hospitals to make sure they offer enough charity care to justify their tax-exempt status. In a letter sent last week to Charles Rettig, the head of the Internal Revenue Service, Grassley honed in on tax-exempt hospitals’ debt-collection practices—particularly for poor patients who might qualify […]

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Medicare Chief Wants to Overhaul Primary Care Payment

The leader of Medicare’s innovation center, Adam Boehler, is expected to unveil a new model for primary care physician payments in coming weeks.  Mr. Boehler, named in December 2017 as director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, said he wants to “blow up” how America pays for primary care. To do so, he plans […]

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Reinsurance to Lower Individual Market Rates is Back

Introduced by first year legislators, HB19-1168 would create a reinsurance program designed to cover a portion of the costs of the largest medical claims and thus allow insurers to reduce the premiums of individual health plans. Individual plans are particularly expensive because of the risks associated with them. The controversy this year stems from the source […]

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Colorado Ranks the Lowest Among States in Kindergartner Vaccinations

Colorado has the distinction of being the state with the lowest rate of Kindergartner vaccinations in the nation.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the 2017-2018 school year to determine the rankings.  In Colorado,  less than 89 percent of children of kindergarten age have received vaccinations for chickenpox, measles, mumps, […]

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Colorado Gets Green Light to Negotiate Drug Prices for Medicaid Patients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Colorado’s request to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers based on their effectiveness and level of patient buy-in.  Rebates from these value-based purchasing agreements will be in addition to the current federal mandated rebates from manufacturers. Colorado is the third state to be approved for this […]

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$6 Trillion for U.S. Health Spending by 2027

On February 20, the Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its projections for health care spending for the eight years.  The Office estimates that health care spending will increase annually by 5.5 percent on average.  At this project rate of increase, health care spending could reach close to […]

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