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Drop in Flu Vaccinations Linked to Increase in Deaths

31 October 2018

More people were killed by seasonal influenza last winter than any year since the 1970s. Fewer than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason that the 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades, 79,000 deaths. The CDC estimates […]

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

31 October 2018

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

31 October 2018

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”

31 October 2018

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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UCHealth’s Will Cook Accepts New Position

31 October 2018

Will Cook, president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital, will be the next president and CEO of Vail Health.  Cook has held the leadership role at the UCHealth hospital since September 2015.  He came to Colorado following a 13 year career in a variety of roles at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an […]

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Walmart Moves to Add Health Options Plus to its Parking Lots

31 October 2018

Walmart is redesigning the parking lots in several of its retail spaces to include a “Town Center” concept.  It has plans to add independent retail establishments including fitness centers and medical clinics to the spaces surrounding its box stores. The new designs will include entertainment, dining, retail, and recreational opportunities. Colorado is one of eight […]

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UCHealth Hospital President Announces Retirement

24 October 2018

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital President Dan Robinson announced his retirement this week to be effective in 2019 when a replacement has been named.  He is the inaugural president of Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont which opened its doors on August 31, 2017. Robinson has dedicated his 36-year career to health care.   He joined UCHealth […]

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Walmart to Offer Telemedicine

24 October 2018

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

24 October 2018

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”

24 October 2018

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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