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Rocky Mountain Cancer Center is the first community cancer center in Colorado to take advantage of technology that allows greater accuracy in treating prostate, liver, head, neck and lung cancers with radiation.
Known as image guided radiation therapy, or IGRT, the technology can be used to treat tumors that require precise radiation targeting. Doctors can enhance the accuracy of the radiation dose, resulting in a decrease of the side effects caused by irradiation of normal body tissues. Continue Reading Image-guided radiation boosts cancer treatment

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Doctors, insurers argue contracts

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The medical community and health care insurance providers are on opposite sides of a battle over legislation that would standardize contracts between physicians managed care organizations in Colorado.
The Colorado Medical Society and the El Paso County Medical Society support Senate Bill 198, the first legislation of its kind in the United States. Many health care insurance companies and health maintenance organizations do not. Continue Reading Doctors, insurers argue contracts

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In an effort to create new markets, several national retailers are stepping into the service arena.
Costco and Sam’s Club began offering health insurance to small business owners and the self-employed at the beginning of the year.
The Sam’s Club program is the only national insurance program of its kind in the country. Costco offers health insurance for small businesses in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Continue Reading Retailers cross-training selves into empty niches

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Specialized audio and video equipment can reduce hospital and emergency room charges by 73 percent and Internet consultations can lower hospital costs and patient wait time.
Both are part of a fledgling aspect of health care: telemedicine.
Colorado is positioned to be the first state to reimburse for telehealth expenditures, leading the way to create more distance opportunities for residents in remote areas. Continue Reading Telemedicine extending the reach of health care

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Workplace assaults total 2 million each year. Employee theft costs $40 billion annually and causes 30 percent of business failures. Lawsuits for negligent hiring are on the rise and can cost a company millions.
But for about $40, businesses can make workplaces safer, prevent employee theft and mitigate the chance of a lawsuit. Forty dollars is the cost of a basic background check on a potential employee. Increasingly, it’s an expense that human resource departments are willing to pay. Continue Reading Knowing is half the battle, especially for new hires

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The Pike’s Peak chapter of the American Red Cross will receive a new emergency response vehicle as a result of the organization’s successful response to more than 2,000 residents of Louisiana and Mississippi who were victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The mobile kitchen is a food preparation and service vehicle for national and local disasters. The van delivers other supplies as well. More than 250 Red Cross mobile kitchens are housed at chapters throughout the country. Continue Reading Local Red Cross receives kitchen/service vehicle

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Intelliden Inc. has been recognized as the global market leader in network configuration management applications, according to a market analysis report by IDC, a subsidiary of the International Data Group.
The company was ranked ahead of other vendors such as Opsware, Voyence and Alterpoint.
The designation was determined using data collected from network management research, supply- and demand-side interviews, customer interviews, private company information and company 10-K statements. The forecast excluded service revenue derived from training, consulting and systems integration. Continue Reading Intelliden attains global market leader position

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Peak Vista reopened its Fountain Health Clinic, located in the Lorraine Center, after renovating the facility to expand services.
A federal grant from Department of Health and Human Services allowed Peak Vista to include medical and dental care, expanding coverage for low-income uninsured Fountain residents. Continue Reading Peak Vista opens larger Fountain Health Clinic

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Two groups recruiting medical personnel to staff new hospitals in Woodland Park and Colorado Springs are facing the challenge of competing against one another for a limited labor pool.
Administrators at the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Association and Memorial Hospital estimate that they need a total of about 450 nurses, technicians, clinicians and administrators. Continue Reading Woodland Park, Springs compete for medical staff

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Child care reaches all facets of economy

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Child care is one of the top-10 fastest growing industries in the nation and contributes $1.062 billion to the Colorado economy. The industry pays $12.3 million in state taxes and provides $31.8 million in wages to Colorado workers.
And, it’s an industry that 63 percent of Colorado parents depend on. Continue Reading Child care reaches all facets of economy

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