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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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Membership in HMOs drops dramatically in 3Q

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HMO membership dropped below 1 million during the third quarter of last year, according to the latest HMO quarterly filings with the Colorado Division of Insurance.
HMO membership was about 990,287 — down from 2,049,247 at the end of June 2006. Colorado Access no longer participates in the acute care portion of the Medicaid program, leading to the decline. Continue Reading Membership in HMOs drops dramatically in 3Q

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Uninsured Colorado residents can determine whether they are eligible for public or low-cost private health insurance through a free, online reference guide, Colorado Health Care Options Matrix, provided by the Foundation for Health Coverage Education.
The brochure, available at www.coverageforall.org, also is useful for social workers or health care professionals who are trying to find insurance for their clients, or for small business owners who want to help employees find insurance options. The guide can be viewed, downloaded and printed, free of charge. Continue Reading Matrix offers ways to find insurance for uninsured

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County renews contracts for human services work

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Five local programs that help the disadvantaged have received contract renewals for 2007 from the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. Funding for the Department of Human Services programs was provided through federal, state and country resources.
The Women’s Resource Agency Inc. was awarded $30,000 for its Transitions Self-Sufficiency Program. The program helps low-income and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants with personal and professional development services so they can reach and maintain self-sufficiency. Continue Reading County renews contracts for human services work

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Colorado inches higher in national health ratings

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United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention have ranked Colorado 16th among states with the healthiest population.
The state ranked 17th last year. Continue Reading Colorado inches higher in national health ratings

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Coloradoans say that improving the health, education and well-being of children are the most important issues facing the federal and state government, according to a poll of registered voters commissioned by the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Colorado Medical Society. Continue Reading Children’s health care top priority among voters

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Employers of all sizes continue to see rising costs for group medical coverage account renewals, although the increases for the largest accounts are lower than for small and medium accounts, according to the 2006 Employee Benefits Market Survey conducted by the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Continue Reading Group health insurance plan rates continue rising

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AQA announces more quality control practices

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At its fall meeting, the AQA Alliance adopted 31 quality measures for practitioners in 25 surgical and medical specialties, bringing to 80 the number of AQA-adopted measures being widely incorporated in provider contracts and implemented in medical practice.
The measures build on those previously adopted for primary care, cardiology and cardiac surgery. Continue Reading AQA announces more quality control practices

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The Department of Health and Human Services is asking private- and public-sector health care organizations how information technology can advance the use of genomic testing information to improve and personalize health care.
Responses are due by Jan 2. Continue Reading HHS wants input on IT’s effect on genomic testing

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Osteopathic Foundation begins new construction

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The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation has broken ground on its Centennial Health facility at 3480 Centennial Blvd.
The 11,706 square-foot, single-story medical office building is being constructed by H.W. Houston Construction Co. of Pueblo. Architectural firm James W. Nakai & Associates, in association with Rob Seever of Keystone Associates, designed the new facility. Continue Reading Osteopathic Foundation begins new construction

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