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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment has not noticed a reduction in patients, but it only provides the flu vaccine to children who come in for regularly scheduled vaccinations.
However, on Nov. 17, the health department is combining two parts of its mission: to reduce the threat of illness in the community and to respond to widespread emergency conditions. Continue Reading Flu vaccinations used to test emergency preparedness

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Mental health concerns can affect businesses and their profits because of lost productivity and increased absenteeism.
Mental Health America of the Pikes Peak Region is hosting a breakfast and workshop for business managers and supervisors from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at First Presbyterian Church’s Weber Street Center. Continue Reading Workplace mental health focus of business seminar

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Difficult health care decisions

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Choosing among options for health insurance is often an emotional — rather than practical — decision.
People look at plans that allow them to use the doctor they’ve gone to for years, the hospital nearest their house or simply the plan that costs the least. Continue Reading Difficult health care decisions

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As Colorado’s Commission on Health Care Reform continues to travel throughout the state discussing its proposals and preparing for a January deadline to report to the legislature, research shows that similar efforts in other states have significant “unintended consequences.”
A study by Milliman Inc. reveals that other states have had to repeal or change their health care initiatives because of these consequences. Continue Reading Report reviews states’ mistakes in health care reform

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Early snowfall bodes well for winter ski season

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With millions of dollars spent for renovations and improvements, Colorado’s ski resorts are counting on early snow reports to bring tourists from around the world to the slopes this winter.
With early snowfall amounts at some resorts nearing two feet — and with the help of artificial snow at some of the ski slopes — two resorts are open, and many more are preparing for big opening days during the next two months. Continue Reading Early snowfall bodes well for winter ski season

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Memorial Health System ranks highest in Colorado for cardiac care, cardiology services, cardiac surgery and coronary interventional procedures, according to the HealthGrades report.
The study is the largest of its kind and analyzed patient outcomes at 5,000 hospitals during 2004, 2005 and 2006. The report ranked Memorial among the top 5 percent for cardiac care and gave it five stars for coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures and treatment of heart attacks. Continue Reading Memorial Health earns ‘best cardiac care’ award

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Hospitals compete not only for patients &mdash; but for doctors, nurses and other staff members. But that competition might not be good for anyone, including the hospitals.<br>
As hospitals compete for patients, they offer services such as valet parking and gourmet in-room meals. That competition drives up the cost of health care, says Regis University Professor Sheila Carlon.<br> Continue Reading Competition fierce among hospitals for almost everything

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While some of Colorado&rsquo;s ski resorts spend the summer months making improvements to the slopes and waiting for winter, most of them are open year-round &mdash; heating up the competition for summer dollars.<br>
Until recently, the Springs owned the warm weather months, sharing only with Glenwood Springs, Estes Park and Denver.<br> Continue Reading Say goodbye to the Springs’ lock on summer tourists

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Health court proposals under fire

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Administrative health courts are burdensome, expensive and damaging to injured patients.
That’s the conclusion drawn in a report written by two Case Western University professors which describes the concept as “critically flawed.” Continue Reading Health court proposals under fire

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Four Colorado hospitals are among the top 200 nationwide for best coding practices for Medicare patients.
The University of Colorado Hospital, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Platte Valley Medical Center and Porter Adventist Hospital were included in a report by Ingenix that ranked hospitals by the completeness and accuracy of their medical coding practices used to bill Medicare for inpatient medical services. Continue Reading Colorado hospitals recognized for coding accuracy

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