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SB 198 fight will continue

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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. Continue Reading SB 198 fight will continue

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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. Continue Reading Penrose-St. Fran. names director of cancer center

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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. Continue Reading Mental health not only reason to reduce stress

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Despite a unanimous vote to “suspend relocation” to New Mexico, the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association might still seek greener pastures. Continue Reading Despite vote by PRCA board, don’t get too attached

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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. Continue Reading Colorado Springs is ‘it’ for global IT consulting

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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. Continue Reading Military explores health care in Colorado Springs

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DoD considers hiking some Tricare payments

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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. Continue Reading DoD considers hiking some Tricare payments

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Fight to keep PRCA continues

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A behind-the-scenes movement is under way to keep the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association, and the Hall of Fame and Museum of the Rodeo Cowboy in Colorado Springs, despite a February vote by the PRCA board to move to Albuquerque.
Community leaders associated with the move say the PRCA will take a final vote on whether to leave May 16, citing legal issues which must be ironed out before the decision is final. Continue Reading Fight to keep PRCA continues

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For the second consecutive year, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leader hospitals by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient, a source of health care information products.
Penrose-St. Francis and its senior management team were recognized for being one of 100 hospitals making the greatest progress in improving performance during a five period. Continue Reading Penrose-St. Fran. named top performance leader

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Colorado exports increased almost 2 percent last year and have risen11 percent since 2001, thanks in part to a federal government program that assists small businesses with their initial foray into foreign markets.
More than 2,100 Colorado companies are now doing business outside the United States, said Paul Bergman, Denver-based director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center. Continue Reading Trade officials hope to increase untapped markets

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