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American Medical Association to Invest $15 Million to Transform Residency Training

AMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. James Madara said in a call with reporters, “The curricular structure of medical student education hadn’t advanced much in the previous century. So, we were graduating young doctors that were largely unprepared for how medicine is practiced today.” The five-year grant program is the latest phase of the AMA’s Accelerating […]

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Proposes Rule to Modernize Medicare Advantage

The rule proposed this week effects Medicare Advantage and Part D programs.  The changes proposed would allow plans to cover additional telehealth benefits and would make other much-needed updates, including for individuals who are eligible for Medicare Advantage special needs plans. CMS is working across the agency to promote beneficiary access to telehealth.  Currently the […]

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Utah Health Insurer Begins “Pharmacy Tourism”

To circumvent high US drug prices, PEHP, which covers 160,000 public employees and family members, is offering plane tickets to San Diego, transportation to Tijuana, and a $500 cash payout to patients who need certain expensive drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and autoimmune disorders. “That money is pretty small in comparison to the difference between U.S. […]

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Walmart to Offer Telemedicine

The retail giant, Walmart, announced a unique partnership with RB, a global consumer health and hygiene company.  Consumers who purchase RB products, including Mucinex, Delsym and Airborne, from Walmart will be offered a free telehealth medical consultation with a Doctor On Demand physician. “At Doctor On Demand, our physicians can treat 90 percent of the […]

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2019 Medicare Parts A & B Numbers are Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released the 2019 Medicare and Medicaid Parts A & B premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts.  They are virtually unchanged from 2018. Medicare Part A is premium-free for 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries.  There is a $24 increase in the Part A inpatient deductible bringing the amount to […]

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Denver Health’s Acute Center for Eating Disorders Named “Center of Excellence”

Denver Health’s Acute Center for Eating Disorders is the first unit of its type to be recognized by Anthem Health as a “national center of excellence”.  That reflects the center’s “commitment to providing the very best multi-disciplinary medical treatment for this vulnerable and often unrecognized patient population” according to Dr. Phillip Mehler, founder and executive medical director […]

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Groundbreaking for First-of-Its-Kind Sports Medicine and Performance Center

Construction on the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Colorado Springs has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 18.  The “first of its kind” center will be located on the UCCS campus and is part of the “City of Champions” project. The center is named for the chairman of the board […]

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State Commits Funds to Address Youth Suicide

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has announced the State’s commitment to a collaborative effort among hospitals, nonprofit organizations and the State of Colorado to address a statewide crisis in youth suicides.  The State will designate $2.8 million to increase access to pediatric mental health services.  The funds will support the collaboration known as “Partners for […]

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Healthcare.gov Breached, Data from 75,000 Exposed

Consumers applying for subsidized coverage through the Affordable Care Act system have to provide extensive personal information, including Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship or legal immigration status. The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enroll customers. All other sign-up systems are working. CMS spokesman Johnathan Monroe said […]

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Career Change for Gretchen Hammer

Gretchen Hammer has served as Colorado Medicaid Director at the Colorado Department of Health Care and Financing.  After her well respected tenure at HCPF, Ms. Hammer has broken new ground, founding her own consulting firm, Public Leadership Consulting Group. Her new firm will focus on providing consulting services to public leaders who work to better […]

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