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A local dentist is offering dental assistant classes through a national program — bringing the “Assist to Succeed” curriculum to Colorado Springs for the first time. Dr. Ken Gasper said he became part of the national program because he’d hired dental assistants without the right skills to do the job. It was, he said, a… Continue Reading Dentist makes it easier for assistants to be certified

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The University of Colorado Hospital is a success story — and Colorado Springs is hoping a lease agreement and partnership with UCH will make Memorial Health System into one, too. UCH’s list of successes is long. It’s a $900 million-a-year enterprise, employing 4,100 people, ranked among the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for… Continue Reading UCH brings run of recent successes into MHS lease

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For gerontology professors and students at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Palisades at Broadmoor Park is a living research lab … Continue Reading UCCS, Palisades at Broadmoor Park create unique partnership

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It doesn’t have a large brick-and-mortar presence, but the clinical-trial industry brings notoriety and business to Colorado Springs. In fact, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services won an award from the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer based in part on its participation in cancer drug trials. It’s the only hospital in Colorado to have earned the National… Continue Reading Clinical-trial industry has healthy presence in Springs

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Despite challenges from critics, Colorado’s Health Benefits Exchange is on track to start offering insurance plans in October 2013, as scheduled. Continue Reading State examining ways to keep feds away from insurance plans

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As the Colorado Springs City Council-led task force ends one phase of the process to determine Memorial Health System’s future, controversy is still plaguing the process. Continue Reading Martin offers insight into task force’s work

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Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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Nearly every company has a wellness plan or is contemplating one. And why not? The right plan can save money on insurance premiums, create healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not really. That’s because wellness plans — depending on how they’re structured — can lead to sticky problems with… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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As a veteran of the business world, I certainly understand why many business owners are apprehensive about the health care system. They have enough on their plates simply dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a slowly recovering economy, meeting payroll, making a profit and keeping the lights on. Businesses already pay a bulk of health… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: How businesses can improve health care

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GE Johnson construction company CEO Jim Johnson knows that many subcontractors working on his projects don’t offer health insurance to their employees. Broadmoor hotel CEO Steve Bartolin recognizes the same issue — part-time, seasonal workers in the hospitality industry don’t get health insurance through work. That’s why both companies give money to Peak Vista Community… Continue Reading Uninsured-workers’ needs prompt support for Peak Vista

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