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Rocky Mountain Health Care Services has received a $100,000 grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund to support the development of the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
“The goal of the RMHCS PACE program is to offer high-quality, cost-effective care in the least restrictive setting to the elderly population of El Paso and Teller counties,” said Laurie Tebo, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Care Services. “The program will bring all services together in one location, promoting continuity of care among providers and decreasing fragmentation of services to participants.” Continue Reading Health care organization receives $100,000 grant

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China is a place of paradoxes, and opportunities – but only for business people who take the time to learn about the country’s diverse culture.
That’s the message from Dr. Richard Kwor, a professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the keynote speaker for the annual Mayor’s International Luncheon on May 16 at the Broadmoor Hotel’s Colorado Hall. Continue Reading Tapping into culture key to doing work in China

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Telecommuting still far from mainstream

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Computers, BlackBerries and personal digital assistants are making it easier for some companies to be flexible with schedules, allowing employees to work from home when necessary.
While few companies in Colorado Springs allow full-time telecommuting, many expect the practice to grow in popularity as gas prices near $3 a gallon – and show no signs of falling in the face of unrest in Iran and Venezuela, and required seasonal changes at the nation’s refineries. Continue Reading Telecommuting still far from mainstream

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The Penrose Cancer Center participated in one of the largest breast cancer prevention trials conducted in the United States.
The study showed that raloxifene, used to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, reduces breast cancer risk for women who are at increased risk of the disease. Continue Reading Penrose Cancer Center participates in drug trials

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Crisis of the uninsured highlighted next week

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Health care costs represent 15 percent of the national gross domestic product and are projected to rise to 19 percent by 2009.
“Right now, the way the system is funded, we’re just rearranging chairs on the Titanic,” said Michelle Swanson, executive director of Health Care for All Colorado. “No one is assured health care – even if you think you’re insured. They can drop the policy at any time, deny coverage. And it’s clear that the more people who don’t have insurance, the more costly it is.” Continue Reading Crisis of the uninsured highlighted next week

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Every year, Pikes Peak Community College returns hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state – money that local companies could be using to train employees.
“It’s free money,” said Jaki Taggert, director of work force training and business management faculty at the school. “The state has about $2.7 million to give to employers every year, and the junior colleges serve as a liaison with businesses and the state to give the grants to local companies.” Continue Reading Worker training money not being fully utilized

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As Massachusetts implements its universal health insurance law, the state will be under the watchful eye of health care administrators in Colorado, where 700,000 people do not have health insurance of any kind.
The legislation requires that Massachusetts’ 6.3 million residents have health insurance by July 1, 2007. No new taxes are planned, and the governor vetoed a section of the bill that required businesses with more than 10 employees that do not offer insurance to pay $295 annually for each worker. Continue Reading Colorado keeping watch on Mass. health care plan

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A comprehensive system has been established in Colorado for reporting sick, dying or dead birds that might be carriers of avian flu or West Nile virus.
Although no avian flu has been identified in any birds in the United States or in Colorado, the system is a precautionary measure in case infected birds do reach this continent through world migratory paths. Continue Reading State on guard to identify sick birds with avian flu

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Tech companies short about worker shortage

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Tech workers are finding themselves in territory not seen since the peak of the dot.com era: an improving job market.
“Some businesses may in fact regret some of the job cuts they made in recent years, which, in retrospect, may have been too deep,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer for Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the agency that released the latest tech sector job figures. “Recent surveys suggest that employers are having an increasingly difficult time finding information technology workers.” Continue Reading Tech companies short about worker shortage

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Massachusetts might have passed the first law, but a nonprofit group in Colorado has been working on universal insurance coverage for five years.
The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved led a series of town hall meetings around the state in 2001 in attempt to gauge the support for universal health insurance. As a result, the group created a list of recommendations – and is working on the process. Continue Reading Colorado group has long advocated universal care

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