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Fewer employers are offering health insurance to parents with modest incomes — and the rate has fallen three times faster than offerings to parents who earn more money, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Nationally, only 47 percent of parents earning less than $40,000 a year are offered health insurance through their employer, a 9 percent decline since 1997. Continue Reading Modest income workers losing health care benefits

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The costs of health care — and quality information about hospital performance — are difficult to obtain, and are often meaningless, according to a study from the National Center for Policy Analysis.
The study says the only area of health care marketplace where price and quality are easily available is where patients pay for the service themselves. Continue Reading It’s tough to determine the cost of health care

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Waste company seeks landfill design changes

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Waste Management has proposed changes to the approved design and operation plan at the Colorado Springs Landfill Expansion, a municipal solid waste landfill that would allow the facility to accept easily crumbled asbestos waste.
The changes include the design of the disposal area and modifications to waste-acceptance procedures, work practices and disposal procedures. Continue Reading Waste company seeks landfill design changes

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A federal study shows that the U.S. government will contribute almost 50 percent of the nation’s health-care costs within 10 years, 5 percent more than it is currently supplying, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The government’s expanding role stems from the expansion of Medicare to include prescription drugs, cutbacks in employer-sponsored health coverage and initiatives such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Journal reported. Continue Reading Fed’s role in health care contributions growing

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Advances in technology benefitting nursing care

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Technology helps nurses improve patient care and allows them more time at patients’ bedsides, according to a study conducted by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics.
The study included interviews with nurses from throughout the United States and showed that they found point-of-care technology allowed them more access to information, decreased response time and an overall reduction in the time to process orders. Continue Reading Advances in technology benefitting nursing care

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Bush budget includes money for health care IT

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The proposed 2008 federal budget includes millions of dollars for the Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of bio-surveillance, electronic health records and chronic care management.
The suggested $118 million would go to the office of the national coordinator for health information technology within HHS. The level is the same as requested for 2007, but has not yet been acted on by Congress. Currently, the office is funded at the 2006 level of $61 million under a continuing resolution. Continue Reading Bush budget includes money for health care IT

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Colorado health plans among most expensive

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Colorado employers are reporting higher health plan costs than the rest the nation, according to a survey released by the Lockton Benefit Group.
The survey, while not scientific, is an “indication of the general employee benefit trends,” Lockton officials said. Continue Reading Colorado health plans among most expensive

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Pikes Peak health group earns JCAHO approval

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The Pikes Peak Mental Health Group has earned the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Organization’s gold seal of approval, marking the 31st year that the group has maintained accreditation.
“We seek accreditation for Pikes Peak Mental Health because we want to provide our community with the best possible care and we view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward excellence,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group. Continue Reading Pikes Peak health group earns JCAHO approval

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Groups unite to address fatal lung disease COPD

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A statewide group is working to create a plan to fight chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth leading cause of death in Colorado.
The Colorado COPD Coalition — made up of medical professionals, research scientists, industry representatives and patients — was formed by the American Lung Association of Colorado, and is sponsored by the cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease grants program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. Continue Reading Groups unite to address fatal lung disease COPD

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Suicide prevention office receives federal money

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A program that trains people to work with adolescents who are at risk for suicide has received a $400,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Known as Project Safety Net, the three-year program is operated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Continue Reading Suicide prevention office receives federal money

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