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UCHealth # 5 Health System According to IBM Watson Survey

UCHealth was named the fifth-best large health system in IBM Watson Health’s “Top Fifteen Health Systems” survey.  This is the first time that UCHealth has been nationally recognized in the annual survey.  The organization-wide performance rankings were determined by reviewing quality and outcomes data from a variety of independent sources.  The UCHealth system is comprised […]

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UnitedHealthcare To End Envision Healthcare Contract – Lawsuit Dismissed

UnitedHealthcare has decided to terminate its contract with Envision Healthcare and its subsidiaries over billing practice issues.   The effective date would be January 1, 2019.  A dispute between the two organizations has arisen over out-of-network vs. in-network physician charges that have caught off-guard consumer’s utilizing emergency room services. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District […]

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NRHA Volunteer of the Year Goes to Colorado Star

Michelle Mills, CEO of Colorado Rural Health Center, is being honored by the National Rural Health Association as Volunteer of the Year.  She will receive her award at the 2018 Annual Rural Health Conference in New Orleans on May 11. Mills has been the CEO of Colorado Rural Health Center since her appointment in August […]

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New West Physicians Receives National Recognition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized Golden-based New West Physicians as a “Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion”.  An award presentation will be held at their facility today at 9am – 1707 Cole Blvd. in Golden.  New West Physicians is one of 24 physician groups nationally who through their care initiatives have […]

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Hospitals Target of Orangeworm Malware

The cybersecurity software and services company, Symantec, has identified a malware coined Orangeworm that is targeting the healthcare industry by installing a backdoor access to operating systems called Trojan.  40 percent of the confirmed victims of this malware hacking operation are in healthcare.  Additional victims have been found in supply-chain vendors to the industry. The […]

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Banner Agrees to $18 Million Settlement on False-Claims Allegations

Banner Health has agreed to an $18 million settlement with Health and Human Services to resolve allegations of inappropriate billing on Medicare claims.    The allegations cover the time period of November 1, 2007 through December 31, 2016 and cover 12 of the health systems hospitals in both Arizona and Colorado. The original allegations stemmed from […]

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2019 IPPS Proposed Rule Released by CMS

CMS has released its proposed rule for the 2019 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).  The highlight is an increase in payments to hospitals and long-term care facilities in 2019.    The operating payment rate increase is proposed at 1.75 percent.   When adding in other changes in the rule and updating for uncompensated care, the total […]

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Humana Inline to Become Largest Hospice Operator

Humana along with private equity companies, TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, have announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire hospice operator, Curo Health Services, for $1.4 billion.  Mooresville, N.C.-based Curo Health Services is a network of hospice and palliative care providers primarily located across the South and Mid-west.  Six facilities […]

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Leapfrog Out with Patient Safety Grades for Hospitals

Seventeen 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 sixth position nationally for safety.  One Denver hospital, Rose Medical Center has received an “A” grade on every report card […]

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Leader for Amazon, Chase, Berkshire Hathaway Joint Venture on the Horizon

The initiative partnering Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase  to create a jointly held company to provide health care services to their employees is on track to have a leader in the next two months.   Few details about the venture have been released since the health care initiative was announced on January 30. In an […]

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