People have been traveling abroad for medical treatment for at least a decade, but there’s a new twist.
Employers have started encouraging workers to travel within the United States for medical treatment, taking advantage of geographical variations in the quality and cost of domestic health care. Others are leveraging deals they’ve struck with foreign hospitals to secure better rates with U.S. hospitals that want to keep patients in the country. Continue Reading Employers encourage workers
Nearly 9,500 children are accidentally taking their parents’ prescription painkillers every year — leading to serious medical issues.
A report was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows an increasing number of children under 6 are being exposed to lortab, vicodin, percocet or oxycontin. Continue Reading Children facing increased risk of drug poisoning
Which is better — an SUV or a subcompact?
While one gets better gas mileage, it could also be contributing to higher insurance costs because of increased medical claims.
The Insurance Research Council researched the connection between lighter vehicles which get better gas mileage and larger vehicles which perform better in crash tests. They’ve found that the small cars are more dangerous — which could lead to higher insurance rates. Continue Reading Injuries in small automobiles equal higher medical bills
Adult obesity rates continue to rise in 37 states, including Colorado.
But the state is still the thinnest in the nation, according to a report from Trust for America’s Health.
The annual survey shows that no state posted a decrease in its rates. Mississippi, as in other surveys, ranked highest at 31.7 percent, while Colorado was lowest at 18.4 percent.
Despite the lowest ranking in the nation, Colorado’s rate grew from 17.6 percent during a single year. Continue Reading F is for fat: Nation is still gaining
Colorado will soon have one of the largest health care information networks in the country.
A grant from the Federal Communications Commission will allow the Colorado Hospital Association to develop a telehealth network.
The FCC award provides up to $4.6 million in federal money over three years. When combined with a similar FCC award to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, $9.8 million will be made available for the initiative. Continue Reading State creating one of nation’s largest telecare networks
People who lose weight after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight.<br>
A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the American Diabetes Association journal followed more than 2,500 adults with type 2 diabetes for four years. Those who lost weight within an average of 18 months after diagnosis were up to twice as likely to achieve their blood pressure and blood sugar targets as those who didn’t lose weight. Continue Reading Early weight loss could be key to controlling diabetes
A law went into effect earlier this week that makes Colorado the 16th state in the nation to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
The law requires employers to provide reasonable break time and make efforts to provide suitable, private space for mothers to express breast milk at work. It also prohibits discrimination against women who need extra accommodations for breastfeeding at work. Continue Reading Employers now required to provide breastfeeding support
The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to strengthen health care delivery in rural communities.
The council awarded 52 grants, ranging from $1,600 to $50,000, to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 34 Colorado counties for infrastructure projects. Continue Reading Colorado’s rural communities receive $1.9M in grants
Electronic health initiatives could save money and enhance safety, according to a report from the American Electronics Association.
The “eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions” report shows that electronic prescriptions also are more convenient and more reliable than paper documents. Continue Reading Electronic health initiatives could lower federal costs
The Colorado Health Foundation has launched a $2 million program to help primary physicians in underserved urban and rural communities repay education loans.
The Physician Loan Repayment Program will provide 18 doctors with up to $150,000 over three years while they practice in Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers and ClinicNet facilities. Continue Reading Health Foundation provides loans for rural doctors