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Health care site examines reform plans

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A new health care reform Web site, provides politicians’ viewpoints on the subject, as well as opinion, news and analysis aimed at increasing the dialogue about health care. The site, www.reformplans.com, plans to facilitate a “broad discussion” of the issues through an outline of various health care reform proposals, and features a plan comparison grid… Continue Reading Health care site examines reform plans

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A couple retiring this year will need about $225,000 in savings just to cover medical costs in retirement, according to analysis by Fidelity Investments. The figure, calculated for a couple age 65, is up 4.7 percent from the $215,000 estimate for 2007, the financial services company said. And it is similar to other projections for… Continue Reading Retiring? Better have at least $225,000

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Three nonprofit organizations are combining resources to combat the shortage of primary care doctors in rural and urban clinics — facilities that provide care for uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents.
The Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Community Health Network and the Colorado Rural Health Center have created a $6 million program that provides student loan repayment assistance to as many as 12 doctors a year who are willing to practice either in rural or urban underserved communities. Continue Reading Nonprofits offering loan assistance to rural doctors

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New Penrose COO on the job

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Jamie Smith starts today as the Chief Operating Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He succeeds Andrea Coleman, who resigned Jan 25. Smith has been working at the Centura Health Service Center as vice president of operations since June 2007. Prior to coming to Centura, he spent five years in hospital management as vice president… Continue Reading New Penrose COO on the job

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Trauma care providers say a report released by Gov. Bill Ritter’s Office of Policy and Initiatives verifies what they have been saying for four years: the switch from a no-fault auto insurance system to a tort system has left trauma care providers with millions of dollars of unpaid costs.
The costs are shifted to health insurers and consumers through increased co-pays, deductibles and other charges. Continue Reading Governor’s report reveals millions in unpaid costs

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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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