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Waste company seeks landfill design changes

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Waste Management has proposed changes to the approved design and operation plan at the Colorado Springs Landfill Expansion, a municipal solid waste landfill that would allow the facility to accept easily crumbled asbestos waste.
The changes include the design of the disposal area and modifications to waste-acceptance procedures, work practices and disposal procedures. Continue Reading Waste company seeks landfill design changes

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A federal study shows that the U.S. government will contribute almost 50 percent of the nation’s health-care costs within 10 years, 5 percent more than it is currently supplying, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The government’s expanding role stems from the expansion of Medicare to include prescription drugs, cutbacks in employer-sponsored health coverage and initiatives such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Journal reported. Continue Reading Fed’s role in health care contributions growing

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Yet another health care crisis: Bad debt rising

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Hospitals are struggling with bad debt — bills that patients can’t or won’t pay, and in Colorado, the problem is growing.
“We have a bigger problem here because of the number of uninsured,” said Colorado Hospital Association CEO Steven Summer. “And we have a larger number of small businesses who are buying insurance with increasingly higher co-pays and deductibles.” Continue Reading Yet another health care crisis: Bad debt rising

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Advances in technology benefitting nursing care

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Technology helps nurses improve patient care and allows them more time at patients’ bedsides, according to a study conducted by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics.
The study included interviews with nurses from throughout the United States and showed that they found point-of-care technology allowed them more access to information, decreased response time and an overall reduction in the time to process orders. Continue Reading Advances in technology benefitting nursing care

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Carbon tax takes lead over emissions capping

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A carbon tax — based on emissions from cars, homes, power plants and corporations — is more likely to successfully lower carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than a carbon trading system.
That’s the word from the Congressional Budget Office, as well as environmental analysts. Both groups say that a carbon tax would be more efficient than emissions capping. And Dr. Walt Hecox of Colorado College believes a carbon tax would more efficiently lower carbon emissions. Continue Reading Carbon tax takes lead over emissions capping

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Bush budget includes money for health care IT

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The proposed 2008 federal budget includes millions of dollars for the Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of bio-surveillance, electronic health records and chronic care management.
The suggested $118 million would go to the office of the national coordinator for health information technology within HHS. The level is the same as requested for 2007, but has not yet been acted on by Congress. Currently, the office is funded at the 2006 level of $61 million under a continuing resolution. Continue Reading Bush budget includes money for health care IT

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Nothing says love like a P.I. and a polygraph

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Most people dream of candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day — but for some, the occasion brings heightened suspicion and guilt.
And when either of those emotions arise, a call is often placed to someone to verify those suspicions. Continue Reading Nothing says love like a P.I. and a polygraph

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Is a health care cure imminent?

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2007 is the year for health reform.
At least, it should be, according to the myriad of health advocates, hospitals, insurance industry and presidential proposals that could be considered by the 110th Congress and state legislators across the country. Continue Reading Is a health care cure imminent?

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Fellows program marks 15 years of leadership

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They live throughout the country — Vermont, Alaska, Massachusetts. They work in a variety of fields: Internet technology, teaching, government. And they all have one experience in common: all were part of the El Pomar fellowship program.
The El Pomar Foundation marked 15 years of the program last weekend with a reception for current and past fellows. Of 117 past participants, 92 returned to Colorado Springs for the event. Continue Reading Fellows program marks 15 years of leadership

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Colorado health plans among most expensive

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Colorado employers are reporting higher health plan costs than the rest the nation, according to a survey released by the Lockton Benefit Group.
The survey, while not scientific, is an “indication of the general employee benefit trends,” Lockton officials said. Continue Reading Colorado health plans among most expensive

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