In light of a veto from Gov. Bill Owens, doctors at Colorado Medical Society say they have no choice but to continue fighting for more transparent contracts with health insurance plans.
“We were very disappointed,” said Dr. Rick May, president of the society. “We put in a lot of effort drafting this bill and getting broad bipartisan support in the House and Senate.”
Low insurance and vaccination rates and rising obesity led the Colorado Health Foundation to give the state a C+ in its first benchmark study of overall health.
The organization examined 20 indicators, said Deborah Thomas, vice president of programs for the foundation.
Memorial Health Systems has entered into a partnership with The Children’s Hospital in Denver to jointly manage Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs. The new facility will replace Memorial’s existing children’s hospital.
The two are the only National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions designated and nationally recognized children’s hospitals in Colorado.
Doctors seem to have won the battle over legislation that allows more negotiating power when signing contracts with large health insurance corporations. But leaders of Colorado’s health plans say that physicians have only won the first round.
Senate Bill 198 is awaiting Gov. Bill Owens’ signature, but is a watered-down version of the original legislation that the Colorado Medical Society helped create.
Dennis P. Bruens has been named director of the Penrose Cancer Center. He is replacing Deborah Hood, who will be leaving after 27 years with the health system.
Bruens was the former director of the San Juan Cancer Center at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction. He also served as director of planning and business development.
Attention bosses: if your workers are stressed, you could be the one paying for it.
Nearly half the country allows worker compensation claims for emotional disorders and disabilities because of stress on the job. Studies show health care costs are 50 percent higher for workers who report high levels of stress, according to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
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Managed Business Solutions, a global IT consulting and outsourcing firm, has moved its corporate headquarters from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs to accommodate the company’s growth.
Currently operating 35 locations in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, MBS offers a range of outsourcing services, including data center management, application management and custom development. MBS also recently expanded into business intelligence.
The Colorado Springs health care community is ramping up to ensure services are available for the 30,000 soldiers and dependents who are expected to move to the area during the next two years as part of the Defense Department’s base realignment plan.
Rear Adm. Nancy Lescavage is responsible for overseeing health care delivery to military personnel in Colorado.
While the Department of Defense spins it as “sustaining the benefit,” veterans groups claim that proposed increases to Tricare fees for retired military and their families are too expensive.
Under the proposal – which already seems doomed in both the House and the Senate – Tricare enrollment fees would increase by 115 percent for military retirees younger than 65. The increase is the first since the military introduced the Tricare system in 1995.