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Three Critical Access Hospital CEOs from Colorado Nationally Recognized

03 October 2018

Three Colorado Critical Access Hospital CEOs were honored with inclusion in the 2018 edition of “Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know”.  The recognition is part of an annual survey by Becker’s Hospital Review and this year recognized 71 CEOs from around the country. The three honorees are: Kim Monjesky – CEO of UCHealth Pikes Peak […]

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DaVita Medical Group Reaches Settlement with DOJ

03 October 2018

The medical practice division of DaVita, Inc., DaVita Medical Group, has agreed to a $270 million settlement with the Department of Justice over inaccurate reporting of claims data. The allegations stem from a whistleblower case filed in 2009 by a former employee of an insurer.  The case alleges the systematic, inaccurate, diagnosis coding of claims […]

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Colorado Recognized Among States with Highest Medicare Value

03 October 2018

The Commonwealth Fund is out with its annual “Health Care Quality-Spending Interactive” for Medicare beneficiaries.  Colorado is ranked in the sixth position among the states for its healthcare value in quality and cost measurements.  It shares the sixth ranking with the state of Idaho.  Each is recognized has having 12 percent lower Medicare spending and […]

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Aetna Sells Medicare Part D to Sweeten Merger Deal

03 October 2018

Aetna has arranged for the divesting of its standalone Medicare Part D business to a subsidiary of  WellCare Health Plans.  The move will improve chances for a favorable review of the acquisition of Aetna by pharmaceutical giant CVS.    It is speculated that the antitrust review by the Department of Justice is nearing a final decision […]

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Governor and AARP Announce “Lifelong Colorado” Initiative

26 September 2018

Soon one in four Coloradans will be 6o years of age or older. Programs to help people remain healthy and in their homes are evolving in 24 communities. The Lifelong Colorado initiative seeks to integrate them and support a ‘bottom-up inclusive strategy”. At a press conference, Governor Hickenlooper and AARP Colorado State Director Bob Murphy […]

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Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Asks Department of Justice to Block CVS-Aetna Merger

26 September 2018

Conservative-leaning AAPS sent a letter arguing that permitting the third-largest health insurer to combine with the largest national pharmacy chain will weaken competition in the pharmacy benefits manager market. The letter to Attorney General Session from AAPS’ President-elect Marilyn Singleton, MD, advances the argument that CVS has already demonstrated a pattern of anti-competitive behavior. For example, the […]

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Colorado’s Medicaid Expansion Dramatically Reduces Rural Uninsured

26 September 2018

A recent study shows that Colorado had the largest reduction in rural uninsured of all the states that expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2007. The rate of uninsured dropped from 42 percent to 13 percent in 2015-2016. The Medicaid population in Colorado began to grow in 2009 when lawmakers expanded the program to all individuals below the […]

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“Bonfils” Changes Name with Rebranding to “Vitalant”

26 September 2018

On January 1, 2017, Bonfils Blood Center was officially acquired by Blood Systems, a transfusion medicine nonprofit organization headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.   As of this month, the nationwide organization of 127 donation centers, research institute and specialty laboratory will unite under a common brand name “Vitalant”. The organization has a presence in 40 states from […]

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Yampa Valley Hospital CEO Announces Retirement

26 September 2018

Frank May, CEO of UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs has announced his retirement plans.  May has been with the medical center for the past 20 years serving in a variety of C-level positions including COO, CFO, interim CEO and eight years as CEO.  His last day will be December 31. UCHealth will […]

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Denver Health Breaks Ground on Outpatient Medical Center

26 September 2018

On September 20, Denver Health celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Outpatient Medical Center to be located on its current campus at 660 Bannock Street.  The 293,000 sq.ft. facility will house several of Denver Health’s specialty clinics and services in a single, state-of-the-art building. One half of the $157 million construction […]

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