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Insurance premiums in Colorado will rise by double digits for the seventh year in a row during 2008.
The Lockton Co. of Colorado reports that the average increase is 12.9 percent, higher than national levels. More than 88 percent of employers plan to pass along some portion of the rate increase to their employees.
While insurance premiums continue to experience double-digit increases, the average merit pay increase is 3.5 percent. Continue Reading Health premiums continue double-digit trend upward

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Ritter unveils health care reform plan

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Gov. Bill Ritter unveiled his proposal to address the state’s health care reform needs yesterday. The proposed package is called “Building Blocks for Health Care Reform,” and details plans to contain costs, improve access and expand availability of health care in the state. The plan does not address ways to provide health coverage to all… Continue Reading Ritter unveils health care reform plan

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County flu cases spike

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El Paso County experienced a dramatic rise in flu cases last month. “In January 2008, El Paso County reported 22 hospitalized individuals with the flu, which represents a marked difference as compared to January 2007 when only three cases were reported,” said Dr. Bernadette Albanese, medical director for the El Paso County Department of Health… Continue Reading County flu cases spike

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Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association and six of the state’s economic development entities marketed Colorado as a desirable medical device manufacturing hub during the 24th annual Medical Device & Manufacturing West Expo last month.
More than 16,000 product development professionals attended the industry’s largest event. Continue Reading Colorado shows up in force at medical device exposition

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O’Connell leaving Penrose-St. Francis

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Rick O’Connell, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, resigned today citing “personal reasons.” O’CONNELL O’Connell will continue to act as a consultant for the hospital system’s special projects, including the grand opening of the new St. Francis Medical Center. The $207 million full-service hospital will open in August. Phil Shaw has been named… Continue Reading O’Connell leaving Penrose-St. Francis

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Health care organizations have positive things to say about the 208 Commission’s report to the General Assembly. The commission was charged with recommended changes to the state’s health care system and has worked for a year to come up with 30 reform recommendations. “Colorado’s health foundations – Caring for Colorado Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, The… Continue Reading State’s health organizations support reform proposals

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Peak Vista opening new facility Monday

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On Monday, Peak Vista will open its new Family Health Center at 225 S. Union. The 34,000-square-foot facility has been completely renovated and will have 48 exam rooms that will support 16 doctors. Peak Vista’s pharmacy, lab, registration and health education centers will also be moved to the new location. The facility is close to… Continue Reading Peak Vista opening new facility Monday

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The Governor’s Commission on Health Care Reform performed its final task yesterday — presenting the findings it gathered during 2007 to the General Assembly.
Health care analysts say the legislature will consider a range of bills, but Gov. Bill Ritter has said that no comprehensive reform — which would likely require approval from voters — will occur during 2008. So, the state will move slowly on health care reform based on the proposals outlined by the commission. Continue Reading Future of health care now in the hands of legislators

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Coleman leaving Penrose-St. Francis

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The chief operating officer at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has accepted a position as president and chief executive officer of Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Ill. Andrea Coleman will resign her position at Penrose-St. Francis effective Feb. 28. She has been the COO since April 2005. While at Penrose-St. Francis, Coleman was instrumental… Continue Reading Coleman leaving Penrose-St. Francis

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High doses of daily caffeine during pregnancy — whether from coffee, tea, soda or hot chocolate — cause an increased risk of miscarriage.
A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research for the first time controlled pregnancy-related symptoms of nausea, vomiting and caffeine aversion that tended to interfere with the determination of caffeine’s true effect on miscarriage risk. The research appears in the current online issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Continue Reading Study links caffeine to increased miscarriage risk

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