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Peak Vista Community Health Centers is hosting a meeting with the Senate Bill 208 commissioners about health care reform.
Scheduled for 4 p.m. August 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, the meeting will address the work that the commission, established in 2006, has done so far to expand coverage and decrease health care costs. Continue Reading Peak Vista hosting 208 discussion about reform

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Dr. John Mehall, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, has joined Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and will be performing robotic-assisted heart operations.
Mehall is the director of robotic and minimally invasive surgery and director of cardiovascular outreach services. He has been conducting robotic-assisted heart surgery for three years and will offer the procedure at Penrose with Dr. James Stewart, medical director of the cardiovascular program. Continue Reading Cardiothoracic surgeon joins Penrose-St. Francis

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Construction has begun at NorthCare at St. Francis, an 85,250-square-foot medical building that will be linked to St. Francis Medical Center via a sky-bridge. Both buildings are scheduled to open in fall 2008.
Located on the corner of Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road, NorthCare at St. Francis will be the only private medical building in southern Colorado with direct access to a medical center or hospital. Continue Reading Construction under way at NorthCare St. Francis

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A regulation that limits reimbursements for prescription medicine could save states and the federal government $8.4 billion during the next five years.
The regulation allows Medicaid to pay “more appropriately” for prescription drugs dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries, said Leslie Norwalk, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue Reading Changes may save gov’t billions on prescriptions

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AARP, the Business Roundtable and the Service Employees Industry Union, which together represent more than 50 million people, are endorsing legislation that would transition the paper-based health care system to secure electronic medical records.
The “Wired for Health Care Quality Act,” introduced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and ranking minority member Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), would spur adoption of a nationwide interoperable health information technology system. Continue Reading Groups supporting bill to reduce medical errors

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Two Colorado Springs health care and business professionals have been elected to serve on advisory task forces for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, also known as the 208 Commission.
Steve Krell, vice president of Imaging Systems and a member of Colorado Consumer Insurance Council, and B.J. Scott, president and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Center, will each serve on one of the commission’s four task forces. Continue Reading Springs snags two positions on 208 task forces

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In response to concerns about marketing practices in the insurance industry, seven health care sponsors have agreed to suspend marketing of private fee for service plans.
United Healthcare, Humana, Wellcare, Universal American Financial Corp., Coventry, Sterling and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee signed the agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue Reading Health plans will stop marketing private fee plans

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The Joint Commission has launched a national campaign to help Americans understand their rights when receiving medical care. “Know Your Rights” is part of the commission’s Speak Up program, which encourages people to take an active role in their health care.
“Know Your Rights” provides tips to help people become more involved in their treatment, thus improving the safety and quality of care received. Continue Reading J.C.’s Speak Up program focuses on patient rights

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America’s health care sector is shifting rapidly to a system where patients can get better information about the quality and cost of care, and there is competition to provide them with the best value.
That’s the word from Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, from a roundtable of key business, union, government, community and health care leaders from across the United States. Continue Reading Health care industry becoming more transparent

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Starting June 9, the Visiting Nurse Association will provide public wellness clinics the second Saturday of each month at 5373 N. Union Blvd, suite 101.
Registered nurses from the VNA will answer questions and provide access to health services for reduced fees. Continue Reading Weekend clinics will focus on preventative care

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