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The alternative energy industry is growing rapidly worldwide, but coal is still king in the United States.
Solar and wind power are growing at rate of about 30 percent each year. Traditional “big oil” companies, such as BP, are investing in wind turbine plants and solar photovoltaic cells are in widespread use around the country, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. Continue Reading Alternatives gaining, but coal still reigns atop the mountain

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A regulation that limits reimbursements for prescription medicine could save states and the federal government $8.4 billion during the next five years.
The regulation allows Medicaid to pay “more appropriately” for prescription drugs dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries, said Leslie Norwalk, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue Reading Changes may save gov’t billions on prescriptions

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U.S. energy consumption is based on oil — a multi-billion dollar industry — and changing that is going to take investments in technology, as well as a change in consumers’ attitudes.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden has been charged with replacing 20 percent of gasoline consumption with an alternative source by 2017. NREL says the lab is on track to meet that goal — using ethanol. Continue Reading Breaking bonds with oil won’t be easy or quick

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Some doctors could be trading in their white coats and stethoscopes for black robes and gavels as part of program that would have physicians serve as administrative health judges.
The idea for health courts — or “doctors’ courts” — is the result of three conferences in 2002 and 2003 at the Brookings Institute which focused on the effect that the legal system has on health care costs. The courts would remove juries and use trained health care professionals as consultants, which supporters say would limit frivolous claims and provide quick resolutions to malpractice lawsuits. Continue Reading Malpractice prescription: A healthy dose of health courts

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AARP, the Business Roundtable and the Service Employees Industry Union, which together represent more than 50 million people, are endorsing legislation that would transition the paper-based health care system to secure electronic medical records.
The “Wired for Health Care Quality Act,” introduced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and ranking minority member Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), would spur adoption of a nationwide interoperable health information technology system. Continue Reading Groups supporting bill to reduce medical errors

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New health care crisis: long-term care

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Families have been the foundation of the long-term care system in the United States — and an important part of the economy — but that could change during the next decade.
As people live longer, have fewer children and move more frequently, the burden of care will shift from family members to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. And the current Medicare/Medicaid system will break, experts say. Continue Reading New health care crisis: long-term care

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Two Colorado Springs health care and business professionals have been elected to serve on advisory task forces for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, also known as the 208 Commission.
Steve Krell, vice president of Imaging Systems and a member of Colorado Consumer Insurance Council, and B.J. Scott, president and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Center, will each serve on one of the commission’s four task forces. Continue Reading Springs snags two positions on 208 task forces

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One night in Bangkok …

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Thailand isn’t known solely for its beaches and brothels – the country is quickly becoming the top destination for face lifts, knee replacement surgeries and organ transplants.
And as health care costs – aided by the escalating costs of malpractice insurance, as well as rising insurance premium rates – skyrocket, more people are booking passages to India, Singapore and other points in Southeast Asia, searching for quality care at better prices. Continue Reading One night in Bangkok …

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina is one of the first U.S-based health insurer to develop a formal relationship with a foreign-based hospital.
The company expects to add 12 additional hospitals to its international network during the next year. Continue Reading BCBS creates relationship with Thai hospital

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Horsing around

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Chloe Cunningham smiles as she’s lifted onto Tom-Tom, puts her feet into the tiny stirrups, and says, “Go!” as loud as her little voice can carry.
She is one of nearly 75 students who are enrolled in an eight-week rehabilitation and physical therapy program that uses horses instead of gym equipment. Part of the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Stables, the 12 horses, five paid staff and hundreds of volunteers help adults and children meet physical therapy goals. Continue Reading Horsing around

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