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Farming out the company

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Small businesses face many hurdles — hiring employees, managing salaries, budgets, health care plans and other benefits. But outsourcing some human resource functions can sometimes save money and time.
Known as professional employment organizations, PEOs reduce the learning curve, said John Gifford, spokesman for Accord, a national PEO with offices in Littleton. Continue Reading Farming out the company

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Employers of all sizes continue to see rising costs for group medical coverage account renewals, although the increases for the largest accounts are lower than for small and medium accounts, according to the 2006 Employee Benefits Market Survey conducted by the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Continue Reading Group health insurance plan rates continue rising

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Hospitals ready for major disaster

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“We do some hurricane training, because although we won’t be directly affected, we do send medical people to hurricane areas. But it’s not a major focus. We do a lot of mass casualty training because there is a high likelihood of some major event.”<br>-Bill Mayfield, Memorial Health System Continue Reading Hospitals ready for major disaster

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AQA announces more quality control practices

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At its fall meeting, the AQA Alliance adopted 31 quality measures for practitioners in 25 surgical and medical specialties, bringing to 80 the number of AQA-adopted measures being widely incorporated in provider contracts and implemented in medical practice.
The measures build on those previously adopted for primary care, cardiology and cardiac surgery. Continue Reading AQA announces more quality control practices

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Health care takes leap of faith

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An alternative to health insurance for Christians might sound like a good idea, but health policy experts caution that the plans are unregulated and offer no guarantees of coverage.
Three groups, Medi-Share, Christian Brotherhood Newsletter and Samaritan, offer “sharing” of medical bills. The groups say they are ministering according to Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Continue Reading Health care takes leap of faith

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The Department of Health and Human Services is asking private- and public-sector health care organizations how information technology can advance the use of genomic testing information to improve and personalize health care.
Responses are due by Jan 2. Continue Reading HHS wants input on IT’s effect on genomic testing

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Planned job losses rise, hiring slowdown is next

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Spending and hiring in the technology sector grew this year, but a third-quarter spike in tech-sector job cuts might indicate that a slowdown is under way.
Planned job cuts announced by technology firms surged 74 percent during the third quarter to 50,957, up from 29,226 during the previous quarter. That is the highest quarterly figure since the first quarter of 2005, when cuts totaled 59,537, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Continue Reading Planned job losses rise, hiring slowdown is next

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Hyper-accurate mapping uses satellites, software

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Mapping technology used by NASA and the Department of Defense is now being used in Colorado Springs and Pueblo to determine watershed health and wildfire risk.
Known as automated feature extraction, the technology can map large amounts of land quickly and accurately — by combining satellite imagery with software that can extract roads, houses, agriculture fields, even a single tree in the Pikes Peak National Forest. Continue Reading Hyper-accurate mapping uses satellites, software

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Osteopathic Foundation begins new construction

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The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation has broken ground on its Centennial Health facility at 3480 Centennial Blvd.
The 11,706 square-foot, single-story medical office building is being constructed by H.W. Houston Construction Co. of Pueblo. Architectural firm James W. Nakai & Associates, in association with Rob Seever of Keystone Associates, designed the new facility. Continue Reading Osteopathic Foundation begins new construction

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Aviation start-up flying off to Wyoming

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After months of plans, designs and research, a Peyton company achieved flight with a prototype airplane designed to attract a new class of aviators.
Nexaer hopes to begin producing the planes, which will range in price from $90,000 to $125,000, within the next 18 months, creating new jobs and a new manufacturing plant. Continue Reading Aviation start-up flying off to Wyoming

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