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DOI issues new rule banning discrimination

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Leo Kattari has to go to the doctor every three months for blood tests, and he takes biweekly testosterone shots. Although he has health insurance through his job, the policy covered none of the checkups, lab tests or medicines. “I spend about $200, $300 every time I go to the doctor,” he said. “My doctor… Continue Reading DOI issues new rule banning discrimination

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County medical director assesses situation

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County medical director assesses situation

The new medical director at El Paso County Public Health has been in Colorado Springs for only eight months, but he’s been busy. Dr. Bill Letson views his job as the chance to prevent sickness and death from various diseases. Early disease prevention, he says, is the most cost-effective way to approach health and well-being… Continue Reading County medical director assesses situation

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Pam McManus often wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to figure out new ways to get more people seen at Peak Vista Community Health Centers. The safety-net clinic has a waiting list of about 6,000 people — and that’s after McManus has whittled away at the 8,000 she inherited 18 months ago… Continue Reading Facing record growth, Peak Vista still handles demand

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In an uncertain health care environment, industry experts are sure about one forecast: An aging population will impact services, providers and payers like never before. But exactly how much it will stress the industry — and in what ways — is still unknown, those same experts say. Health care groups already are struggling to create… Continue Reading Aging population stresses many health care services

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Jill Law had just been named the permanent executive director of El Paso County Public Health in June when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out, reducing hundreds of homes to ashes, killing two people and leaving thousands without electricity. Even though she was evacuated — as was the health department itself — Law managed to set up… Continue Reading Law tackles responsibilities of county public health

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Scialdone’s steadiness leads to CEO position

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Mike Scialdone has steered Memorial Health System during the highs and lows of the past four years. Continue Reading Scialdone’s steadiness leads to CEO position

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James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora movie theater, was seeing a psychiatrist at the time of the July 20 attack. If he’d been in Colorado Springs, chances are he wouldn’t have gotten even that much help. That’s because mental-health experts say healthy communities should have one… Continue Reading Mental Illness: It’s the elephant in our room

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Fast-growing nonprofit helps doctors innovate

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America’s health-care system is broken — and physicians are in a unique position to help repair it. That’s the mission behind an 18-month-old nonprofit, the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, which wants to turn doctors into innovators. The nonprofit went from 50 people in a meeting room at the University of Colorado in Denver to more… Continue Reading Fast-growing nonprofit helps doctors innovate

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UCH lease brings early rewards, thanks to stability

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University of Colorado Health hasn’t officially started running Memorial Health System, but Memorial already is benefiting from the association. After downgrading Memorial’s outlook to negative in March, Moody’s Investors Service is giving the three-hospital group an upgraded A3 bond rating and a stable outlook. University of Colorado Health has an A3 rating with a positive… Continue Reading UCH lease brings early rewards, thanks to stability

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When Mike Scialdone took the job as CFO of Memorial Health System four years ago, he said the hospital’s community connection was the attraction. That connection has been at the center of more than two years of debate about the future of the hospital He weathered the controversial exit of CEO Larry McEvoy and was… Continue Reading Scialdone guiding Memorial during uncertain times

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