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Get a group of lawyers together and they’ll have trouble agreeing on anything without a number of footnotes and caveats. But, increasingly, attorneys are finding common ground about one thing: the problem with the billable hour.
Critics of the billable hour say the practice — in wide use since the 1960s — encourages firms to use more attorneys on a single issue, pad bills with services that are only marginally useful and draw out cases that could otherwise see a swift conclusion. Continue Reading The jury’s still out about how to fix billable hours

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Penrose Health Center’s trauma center has earned verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Traumas Verification/?Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers which provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also pre-hospital and rehabilitation treatment. The verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing trauma care for all injured patients. Continue Reading Penrose earns verification as Level II Trauma Center

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A Colorado Springs company is in search of the “holy grail” of treatment for blocked peripheral arteries, but some medical experts question whether its clinical trials are long enough to prove the efficacy of the new device.
Spectranetics launched the trial of its turbo booster laser catheter — designed to vaporize tissue build-up around stents — in Germany this week. The 100-patient study will last a year, said CEO John Schulte. Continue Reading Spectranetics aims laser at unlocking the ‘holy grail’

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Getting a medical device approved by the Food and Drug Administration can take years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
And the more complex the device, the more cumbersome the process, which varies depending on what the device is used for, said Mike Fisher, professor at Regis University. Continue Reading Securing FDA approval not quick, easy or inexpensive

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Smoking rate takes dive

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Colorado is among nation’s top 10 states for lowest smoking rate, and smoking among high school students has dropped below 16 percent.
“The willingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being plays a significant role in building a healthy state and a sustainable health care system,” said Gov. Bill Ritter when he announced the results. Continue Reading Smoking rate takes dive

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Taking it to the streets

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The demise of the 208 Commission has been widely overstated.
The commission, which was created to evaluate health care reform proposals and make a recommendation to the legislature in January, was reported to be stuck: with neither enough money nor time to complete its job.
That, said Chairman Bill Lindsey, isn’t true. Continue Reading Taking it to the streets

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a challenge to the state’s restaurants, asking them to evaluate the food on their menus and offer more healthy choices.
Shana Patterson, a registered dietitian with the program, also encouraged Coloradoans who dine at participating restaurants to look for the department’s Smart Meal Seal on healthy menu items. Continue Reading State health department pushing healthy menu choices

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Woolsey: common ground for tree huggers, war hawks

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Attempts to solve the world’s problems can make strange bedfellows — and counter terrorism experts and environmentalists can agree about the solutions, even if they can’t about the problems.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey will discuss security and energy — and the solutions to both issues — at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at The Broadmoor, during an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council. Continue Reading Woolsey: common ground for tree huggers, war hawks

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Apples to apples…

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Charges at Memorial and Penrose are roughly in line with each other, according to a report from the Colorado Hospital Association.
While charges for a particular diagnosis vary, officials at Memorial Health System believe their charges are roughly similar to Penrose-St. Francis Health Center. Continue Reading Apples to apples…

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Dealing with the trauma

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The calls come: a gunshot victim, a car accident, a fall off a ladder. And they respond – ambulances first, then trauma nurses in the emergency room, then sometimes surgery performed by specially trained doctors.
So far this year, American Medical Response has answered 5,800 trauma calls, with about 116 critical cases. Continue Reading Dealing with the trauma

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