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Percentage of Women in Healthcare C-suites Unrepresentative of Industry Demographic

New research from Oliver Wyman reports  that although women represent 65 percent of the healthcare workforce they make up only 30 percent of senior leadership positions.  Women hold 30 percent of COO, 23 percent of CFO and 13 percent of CEO positions in healthcare organizations, nationwide. Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm based in […]

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Drug Manufacturers Bump Up Prices in New Year

In the U.S., more than 250 prescription drugs saw a price hike as of the first of the year.   The number of drugs with a higher price tag was down approximately a third from the 400 prescription with an increase at the beginning of  2018.  Nevertheless,  the U.S.  still holds the unenviable designation as the […]

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CenturyLink Outage Hits Banner Health Facilities

The nationwide CenturyLink and Verizon outage that began on December 27 created internet and phone service outages in several states served by the communications giant. One of the more serious outages was experienced by Banner Health and its North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.  The service failure left hospital staff without access to patient records, […]

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Colorado Lawmakers to Propose “Public Option” Plans on First Day of Session

Mountain communities along the Interstate 70 corridor have been particularly hard hit by few health insurance choices and high premiums. State Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan plan to introduce a pair of bills on the first day of the 2019 legislative session that would direct the state to create a public health insurance […]

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Recent Research Points to Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients

Many hospitals are now performing thrombectomies, in which clots are removed quickly, avoiding lasting damage or death. Groundbreaking new research has concluded the sooner the thrombectomy, the better the chances a severe stroke patient will recover, avoid disability, and in many cases recuperate enough to live independently. Most hospitals calling themselves “primary stroke centers” aren’t […]

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Hospitals To Post Prices Online

The new federal law sounds straightforward. The goal of the new law is to help provide patients better information about medical costs but it’s not so simple. Some argue the master list – also called a charge master – will provide prices that don’t reflect the true final cost of services. Julie Lonborg, of the Colorado […]

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CHI and Dignity Health Merger Delayed

The merger of not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare systems, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, has been delayed until January 31, 2019.  The parties had anticipated a December 31 closing. The two organizations announced their intent to merge in 2016.   A spokesperson for Dignity Health stated that the current postponement  was due to delays in licensing, […]

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FastMed and NextCare Plan to Merge

Two Urgent Care providers have signed a definite agreement letter to join forces.  Phoenix-based FastMed Urgent Care intends to acquire Mesa-based NextCare Holdings of America, both organizations are headquartered in metro-Phoenix.  The combined company will have 251 clinics in 10 states including Colorado.  NextCare operates eight clinics along the front range from Greeley to Centennial. […]

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Two of the Greenest Hospitals In America are in Colorado

Hospitals across the nation are improving the health of their communities and becoming more cost-effective by taking steps to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. The editorial staff of Becker’s Hospital Review developed the list of 68 hospitals who have made inroad in this area. Aspen Valley Hospital earned recognition for a 2017 hospital program […]

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Top 100 Orthopedic Programs Include 2 Colorado Hospitals

Becker’s Hospital Review ranked the top 100 orthopedic programs. The hospitals were included if recognized for quality of care and patient satisfaction. Many of the programs have rich histories of innovation and have won grants to research musculoskeletal treatments. Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital performs more than 2,000 hip and knee replacements per year and an […]

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