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Finding a new way

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Finding a new way

Nursing shortage leads to creative local solutions Fewer nurses are working longer hours and caring for more patients — thanks to a combination of tight hospital budgets and an aging workforce. And in Colorado, the problem is nearly twice as acute as in the rest of the nation. Colorado health care experts say there is… Continue Reading Finding a new way

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Centura Health affiliates with Leadville hospital

Centura Health and St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville have signed an affiliation and services agreement that establishes an expanded system of care for St. Vincent Hospital. St. Vincent is the eighth independent affiliate to join the Centura Health network along with San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Conejos County Hospital in La Jara,… Continue Reading Centura Health affiliates with Leadville hospital

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Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

Memorial Hospital could become the first hospital in Colorado in decades to achieve Level One trauma center certification from the state — and the only hospital to have the designation outside Denver. The hospital announced Thursday that it is starting a feasibility study, the first step in the process to achieve the designation from the… Continue Reading Memorial starts process for advanced trauma certification

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Nearly a year ago, voters in Colorado Springs allowed University of Colorado Health to lease Memorial Hospital, bringing a powerhouse nonprofit from Denver to work its magic on the struggling municipal system. UCH has worked hard, publicly and behind the scenes, to turn around Memorial’s patient volume, installing a multi-million-dollar electronic health records system and… Continue Reading Memorial’s morale up; numbers still sluggish

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When a group of mental health care providers got together last October, they started a process that will take years: identifying and solving the mental health crisis in Colorado Springs. But now, the collaboration put together by Pikes Peak Community Health Partnership has the chance to get an infusion of cash from the state to… Continue Reading Mental health – lots of problems, but not solutions

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Health exchanges move forward in state

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Colorado’s still in front of the pack when it comes to implementing its health insurance exchange, known as Connect for Health Colorado. It’s one of a handful of states nearing the finish line as it prepares for a marketing push to begin selling health insurance policies in October. “Colorado really is leading the rest of… Continue Reading Health exchanges move forward in state

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AspenPointe is seeking nominations for its annual “Heroes of Mental Health” award, presented during a luncheon Oct. 15 at The Broadmoor hotel’s International Center. The luncheon recognizes someone in our community who champions wellness and spearheads efforts to curb stigma and promote treatments for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness or joblessness. Nominees should be residents… Continue Reading AspenPointe seeks ‘Hero of Mental Health’

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Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

Three months ago, UnitedHealthcare took over the TriCare contract from TriWest Healthcare Alliance for the 21-state western region. But after that change took effect April 1, few providers were prepared for what happened next: lack of referrals, slow payments, new billing codes, new requirements and reduced services. In Colorado Springs, Alpine Autism Center says UHC… Continue Reading Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

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Despite a Division of Insurance edict prohibiting health care discrimination based on transgender status, the problem still persists in the state. Kelly Costello was denied coverage for surgery that allowed him to transition from a woman to a man, just as the state was saying those denials are no longer allowed. And Nicole Garcia has… Continue Reading Transgender discrimination persists despite state ruling

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The awards keep rolling in for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. In addition to winning Healthgrades’ top 50 hospitals nationwide, the hospital’s St. Francis Medical Center, located at the corner of Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard, was named a “100 Great Community Hospital” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Recipients of the award have fewer than 550 beds… Continue Reading St. Francis wins Becker “top 100″ award

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