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Kaiser wins Corporation of the Year award

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Kaiser Permanente received the Corporation of the Year award from the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council last week. The award recognizes the corporation or government agency that has shown a commitment to minority business development, and was nominated by one of the council’s certified minority businesses. “Kaiser Permanente is pleased to receive this award… Continue Reading Kaiser wins Corporation of the Year award

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Consumers should ignore a cancellation letter from Humana, sent in error the last week in August. According to Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar, the company sent the letter to 3,400 Colorado policy holders. The letter incorrectly states that customers must choose to renew their health insurance with Humana by September 28, 2013, or their insurance… Continue Reading Humana sends incorrect cancellation letter to policy holders

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More than 79,000 people visited the Connect for Health Colorado website in the first day of the health care exchange offering insurance plans, and more than 3,700 people called into the customer service lines. The new exchanges, created in Colorado by Senate Bill 200, expected a busy day. The group created 5,500 new accounts, said… Continue Reading Thousands of Coloradans go to exchange website during opening day

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Memorial accredited in heart health

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Memorial Hospital achieved national accreditation in preventing and treating heart attacks, the leading cause of death in the U.S., by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The Society awarded Memorial full Percutaneous Coronary Intervention accreditation. Hospitals with this accreditation have implemented protocols and procedures that lead to faster, better care for patients experiencing heart attacks… Continue Reading Memorial accredited in heart health

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Kaiser to cover transgender services in its plans

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A year ago, transgender people in Colorado were facing trouble getting health insurance plans to cover medically necessary treatments. People around the state were having trouble getting both routine tests and specific treatments paid for by insurance.. No longer. Now at least two health insurance plans have pledged to cover all services for all Coloradans.… Continue Reading Kaiser to cover transgender services in its plans

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Local CEO: Excise tax hampers innovation

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Most of the focus of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act has focused solely on the insurance provisions in the law — whether it’s legal to require people to have health insurance. But another regulation, found deep in the bill, is causing problems for a company in Colorado Springs. “The medical device tax is… Continue Reading Local CEO: Excise tax hampers innovation

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Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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After years of debate, controversy, delays and attempts to overturn the law, the Affordable Care Act is close to full implementation. Small businesses and individuals can start signing up for health care coverage using the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, on Oct. 1. That coverage will go into effect Jan. 1, and yet… Continue Reading Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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There were fewer workplace deaths in 2012 than there were the previous year, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Last year, there were 80 deaths from workplace injuries, which was 12 fewer than in 2011. Transportation-related deaths were the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with 32 deaths, including… Continue Reading Workplace deaths drop in 2012, according to state report

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Penrose seeks Level 1 trauma certification

It looks like the battle of the hospitals is on. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced plans Friday to seek Level 1 trauma certification for its emergency department – less than a month after competitor Memorial Hospital made the same pledge. Penrose’s main hospital on North Nevada Avenue would receive the designation, and is just a… Continue Reading Penrose seeks Level 1 trauma certification

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El Paso Public Health earns sought-after accreditation

El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The agency is one of only five health departments to receive accreditation this year, and one of only 19 accredited health departments in the United States. “Achieving and maintaining accreditation provides… Continue Reading El Paso Public Health earns sought-after accreditation

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