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Centura makes hospital plans for Castle Rock

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Centura Health is developing a medical complex in Castle Rock that will eventually house a full-service hospital. The health care system, which also owns Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, is building a medical campus that initially will offer emergency room services, imaging and laboratory services, along with a medical office building. The first phase of outpatient… Continue Reading Centura makes hospital plans for Castle Rock

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St. Mary-Corwin flu and pneumonia shots

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo will offer flu and pneumonia shots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct.17 at 1008 Minnequa Ave., in the west tower’s main lobby. The cost for flu shots is $26; pneumonia shots will cost $40. Flu shots will be available to those 6 months and older. FluMist will be… Continue Reading St. Mary-Corwin flu and pneumonia shots

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Smoking rate takes dive

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Colorado is among nation’s top 10 states for lowest smoking rate, and smoking among high school students has dropped below 16 percent.
“The willingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being plays a significant role in building a healthy state and a sustainable health care system,” said Gov. Bill Ritter when he announced the results. Continue Reading Smoking rate takes dive

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The Penrose Cancer Center is hosting a panel discussion about magnetic resonance imaging and mammograms – and to encourage people to attend, they’re serving free dinner and awarding door prizes. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the cancer center conference room, at 2222 N. Nevada. Ave. The cancer panel… Continue Reading Mammograms, magnetic resonance and free dinner

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a challenge to the state’s restaurants, asking them to evaluate the food on their menus and offer more healthy choices.
Shana Patterson, a registered dietitian with the program, also encouraged Coloradoans who dine at participating restaurants to look for the department’s Smart Meal Seal on healthy menu items. Continue Reading State health department pushing healthy menu choices

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State health department now offering e-mail alerts

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An automated e-mail subscription service that alerts subscribers to natural disasters and pandemic influenza is now available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The updates are delivered through e-mail and text-enabled devices. Continue Reading State health department now offering e-mail alerts

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Fire Department launches middle school CPR program

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The Colorado Springs Fire Department is launching a pilot program to teach CPR to students at Challenger Middle School.
The group will use “Family and Friends Anytime,” a 22-minute instructional program created by the American Heart Association. Continue Reading Fire Department launches middle school CPR program

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Cardiologists accused of wrongly pumping money

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In the latest show of force against health care fraud, a Maryland cardiologist agreed to pay the federal government $476,000 in a settlement to drop claims that he bilked Medicare out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dr. Pradeep Srivastava was accused by the U.S. Department of Justice with violating the False Claims Act by billing for services not rendered; “unbundling,” or billing for each separate component of a procedure; and “upcoding,” or charging for a higher service than the one provided. Continue Reading Cardiologists accused of wrongly pumping money

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The cost of treating non-obstructive artery disease: $767,000.
The cost of treating blocked arteries: $1 million.
The cost of educating women to prevent heart disease: priceless.
Treating a woman’s mild artery blockage could cost a quarter of a million dollars.
And serious heart conditions? That’s going to cost about $1 million, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Continue Reading Heart disease: prevention cheaper than treatment

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Medicare premiums expected to be lower in 2008

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Premiums for the standard “Part D” coverage for Medicare will be nearly 40 percent lower next year than originally projected, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The agency is expecting 2008 premiums to average $25 a month. Continue Reading Medicare premiums expected to be lower in 2008

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