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By Dr. Richard Spurlock Individuals and employers alike are navigating a complex health care system these days. In Colorado Springs, Kaiser Permanente is working to address this complexity head-on as it incorporates technology, evidence-based research and collaborative care teams to provide high-quality, coordinated patient care. Kaiser Permanente is unique in that it is both an… Continue Reading Kaiser offers integrated, coordinated patient care

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Many popular New Year’s resolutions focus on how to improve health. Healthier habits not only improve physical health and well-being, but also provide a boost to mental health and productivity. Small habit changes can make a big difference. For example, swapping out one sugary drink per day for water reduces calorie intake and can lead… Continue Reading Four tips to boost health and productivity in 2014

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Preparing business for employee retirement

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Ask six different people when they want to retire, and chances are you’ll get six different answers. If you’re a business owner with an aging workforce, the answer to that question can have big implications. While business owners might have given thought to their own retirement plans, they need to devote just as much time… Continue Reading Preparing business for employee retirement

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Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

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Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

Individuals and employers alike are navigating a complex health care system these days. In Colorado Springs, Kaiser Permanente is working to address this complexity head-on as it incorporates technology, evidence-based research and collaborative care teams to provide high-quality, coordinated patient care. Kaiser Permanente is unique in that it is both an insurance company and a… Continue Reading Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

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‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

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‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

Pager and text message alerts beep and buzz in unison across the Penrose Hospital campus. “STEMI ALERT TO PH ER (10 MIN OUT) 59 YR MALE,” reads the message. With efficiency patterned after race-car pit crews, the medical team springs into action. A 59-year-old man is experiencing a “STEMI” — the most dangerous and time-sensitive… Continue Reading ‘Make the call, don’t miss a beat!’

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Working to end cancer, aided by technology and screening

By Dr. Robert J. Hoyer Few words evoke as much dread or fear as “cancer.” New research and cutting-edge care are redefining what a cancer diagnosis means. Cancer specialists now have more options in customizing a person’s care than ever before. While cancer is never a diagnosis anyone wants to receive, these medical advances are… Continue Reading Working to end cancer, aided by technology and screening

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The use of trusts in estate planning continues to be a hot topic among estate planning professionals and their clients. For example, whether or not to use a revocable living trust to avoid probate continues to be a widely discussed option. The purpose here, however, is to discuss trusts in another arena of estate planning.… Continue Reading Trusts can make a big difference in estate planning

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Other Voices

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Supporting new chamber idea In response to “Let’s hear Chamber ideas,” the editorial in the Dec. 6 Business Journal: My experience of being the director of membership sales and selling memberships for organizations has been some of my most enjoyable work. The chamber of commerce division of our Regional Business Alliance (RBA) is floundering with… Continue Reading Other Voices

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Editor’s Note: CSBJ is partnering with AdvocacyDenver to bring our readers interviews with some of the state’s prominent leaders and policy makers in health care. AdvocacyDenver is a nonprofit, civil rights advocacy organization serving children, teens and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities — and their families. The interviews are conducted by Health Care Policy… Continue Reading Local nonprofit CEO fights for accessible services

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Medicare surtax planning for high incomes

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As the year comes to a close, there’s little time left to be sure your investments are tax-smart. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, creates additional Medicare taxes for high-income taxpayers. There are two new Medicare tax increases: (1) a 3.8 percent tax on “net investment income,” and (2) a 0.9 percent Medicare… Continue Reading Medicare surtax planning for high incomes

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