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J.D. Powers Measures Customer Satisfaction with Health Insurers

30 May 2018

J.D. Powers, the global marketing information services company based in Costa Mesa, Calif., annually surveys consumers to measure their overall satisfaction with their health insurers.  Three insurers doing business in Colorado were recognized as above average on the survey.  They are: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare.   Kaiser […]

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SMARTER Act Revisited

30 May 2018

The “Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act” (SMARTER Act) is up for review in the U.S. Congress this month.  The Act is designed to standardize the merger review process for the two federal agencies tasked with overseeing antitrust concerns in merger agreements.  The measure eliminates the Federal Trade Commission’s power to challenge […]

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HCA & KKR Rumored to Have Made Offer for Envision Healthcare

23 May 2018

It is reported by  Reuters and other media sources that HCA Healthcare and private equity firm KKR & Co. are collaborating to purchase Envision Healthcare.   The offer would divide the ambulatory surgery division from other corporate divisions giving HCA the AmSurg assets reported to include 255 surgery centers across the U.S.  The other divisions would […]

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Governor Confronts Opioid Abuse Crisis with Five New Laws and Awareness Campaign

23 May 2018

Earlier this week, Governor Hickenlooper signed five bipartisan bills into law that confront head on the opioid addiction crisis in the state.   The measures range from limiting first-time & refill prescriptions to a seven day supply, to providing resources for treatment programs that address the addiction crisis. On a similar front, Colorado launched a $1.8 […]

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Changes in the CFO Position at Memorial Regional Health

23 May 2018

Denise Arola, CFO of Memorial Regional Health in Craig has announced her retirement effective next month.  She has been with the hospital since 2009 serving originally as controller and then promoted to chief financial officer.    Her tenure included the building of a new hospital, the conversion of medical practices to rural health care clinics and […]

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FDA Accuses and Names Drug Companies with Anti-competitive Practices

23 May 2018

The FDA has published a list of 52 branded drugs that the administration feels are using delay tactics to keep generic drug companies from manufacturing lower priced alternatives. A Kaiser Health News analysis has found that the delaying tactics and the double digit percentage cost increases for 47 of the 52 branded drugs reviewed, cost […]

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Medical Tourism Promoted in Colorado Springs

23 May 2018

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed with Venue Health & Analytics and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to encourage medical tourism in the City.  The partners have created and launched a website, ChampioshipCareColoradoSprings.com, designed to offer another component to the region’s economic development. In addition to publicizing the benefits of a visit to […]

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ManorCare Purchase Key to New Healthcare Network for Seniors

23 May 2018

The  Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust, Welltower Inc., is making a $2.7 billion offer to purchase the real estate holdings of HCR ManorCare, the national nursing home chain in the throws of bankruptcy.  It intends to partner with non-profit hospital operator, ProMedica, to create a 30-state healthcare system for the country’s aging population. In […]

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“Right to Try” Legislation Passes Congress

23 May 2018

On a 250-169 vote, the House of Representatives passed “right to try” legislation that is designed to allow terminally ill patients to bypass the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and try experimental therapies to deal with their medical issues.  The Senate passed similar legislation nine months ago. The legislation now goes to the President’s desk […]

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The Denver Hospice Names President

16 May 2018

The Denver Hospice Board of Directors has announced the selection of Melinda Egging has the organization’s next president, effective immediately.  She has served as interim-president since August 2017. Egging has been integrally involved with hospice care for over 15 years.  She began her career as volunteer director at Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Pueblo in […]

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