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Medicare premiums expected to be lower in 2008

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Premiums for the standard “Part D” coverage for Medicare will be nearly 40 percent lower next year than originally projected, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The agency is expecting 2008 premiums to average $25 a month. Continue Reading Medicare premiums expected to be lower in 2008

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Food safety victim of budget cuts

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A decline in El Paso County restaurant inspections could leave Pikes Peak region residents feeling a little queasy.
With more than 2,400 restaurants to check — and a strained budget — the county health department admits that it can’t keep up with state-mandated inspections. Continue Reading Food safety victim of budget cuts

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A panel created by Gov. Bill Ritter will distribute $7.5 million in grants from UnitedHealth Group during the next six years.
The Colorado Rural Health Care Grants Council is responsible for deciding how the money will be distributed based on deficiencies in access to health care. Continue Reading Gov. establishes council to focus on rural health

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Integrating alternatives into Western medicine

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Alternative medicine isn’t really “alternative” any more — in fact, the medical community isn’t even using that term.
Now it’s “integrated” medicine, and after years of being considered a fringe practice, treatments such as massage and acupuncture have found their way into mainstream medicine.
So why the name change? Continue Reading Integrating alternatives into Western medicine

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Pueblo hospital noted for work with diabetes

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received national recognition for a study focusing on blood sugar control during hospitalization.
The center was one of five Colorado hospitals that participated in the RALS Study 2006, which compiled blood sugar data collected at 130 hospitals nationwide. Continue Reading Pueblo hospital noted for work with diabetes

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Aging doctors could lead to shortage

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Colorado will need 50 new general medicine doctors and 20 new obstetricians each year for the next decade to keep up with health care demands and an aging physician population.
Overall, the state’s need for family doctors and obstetricians will increase by 28 percent by 2014, according to estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, based on retirement, turnover and increased demand for health care. Continue Reading Aging doctors could lead to shortage

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The bright lights of Hollywood can be dazzling, but investors seeking to play the role of movie producers should be aware that it’s a high-risk business.
Independent filmmakers seek private investment on a regular basis, and one such producer was in Colorado Springs last month to entice investment for his production company. Continue Reading Investing in films ultimate high risk, high reward

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers is hosting a meeting with the Senate Bill 208 commissioners about health care reform.
Scheduled for 4 p.m. August 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, the meeting will address the work that the commission, established in 2006, has done so far to expand coverage and decrease health care costs. Continue Reading Peak Vista hosting 208 discussion about reform

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Dr. John Mehall, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, has joined Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and will be performing robotic-assisted heart operations.
Mehall is the director of robotic and minimally invasive surgery and director of cardiovascular outreach services. He has been conducting robotic-assisted heart surgery for three years and will offer the procedure at Penrose with Dr. James Stewart, medical director of the cardiovascular program. Continue Reading Cardiothoracic surgeon joins Penrose-St. Francis

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Construction has begun at NorthCare at St. Francis, an 85,250-square-foot medical building that will be linked to St. Francis Medical Center via a sky-bridge. Both buildings are scheduled to open in fall 2008.
Located on the corner of Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road, NorthCare at St. Francis will be the only private medical building in southern Colorado with direct access to a medical center or hospital. Continue Reading Construction under way at NorthCare St. Francis

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