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Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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Leaders of the health care industry in Colorado Springs foresee great growth ahead, according to conversations with representatives of Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Memorial Health Systems and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Peak Vista Some of the growth was announced late in 2013, including the merger between Peak Vista and Plains Medical Center. This merger will… Continue Reading Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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Budget deal to cut $90 million in state Medicare payments

The Bipartisan Budget Act passed by Congress in early December could result in an estimated $90-million reduction in Medicare payments for the state. According to a news release by the Colorado Hospital Association, the budget deal will also extend Medicare cuts until 2023. “This marks the latest in a series of unexpected cuts mandated by… Continue Reading Budget deal to cut $90 million in state Medicare payments

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Dope division preps for change in bud biz

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Dope division preps for change in bud biz

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that its Marijuana Enforcement Division is working with industry partners to ensure a smooth Jan. 1 rollout of the state’s retail bud business. A key element to the success of the transition, according to the news release, is the use of a Marijuana Inventory Tracking System for both… Continue Reading Dope division preps for change in bud biz

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When people fall in an emergency room, any medical treatment as a result of the fall is paid for by the hospital. Historically, there’s been no assessment tool to ascertain the risk level of falling in emergency departments — until Dr. Kathleen Flarity created one for Memorial Hospital. “There was nothing in the United States… Continue Reading Memorial staffer first in nation to study ER falls

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Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

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Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

Individuals and employers alike are navigating a complex health care system these days. In Colorado Springs, Kaiser Permanente is working to address this complexity head-on as it incorporates technology, evidence-based research and collaborative care teams to provide high-quality, coordinated patient care. Kaiser Permanente is unique in that it is both an insurance company and a… Continue Reading Kaiser offers integrated coordinated patient care

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Editor’s Note: CSBJ is partnering with AdvocacyDenver to bring our readers interviews with some of the state’s prominent leaders and policy makers in health care. AdvocacyDenver is a nonprofit, civil rights advocacy organization serving children, teens and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities — and their families. The interviews are conducted by Health Care Policy… Continue Reading Local nonprofit CEO fights for accessible services

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Penrose revels in cardio accolade

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Penrose revels in cardio accolade

Like many other comparable, ambitious hospitals, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services earns its fair share of national and state-level recognition. But some of those honors mean more, and that’s the case now as Penrose-St. Francis has been named one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. “It’s a difficult award… Continue Reading Penrose revels in cardio accolade

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Are more doctors the solution for shortage?

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Graduating more physicians in light of the impending doctor shortage and an aging population may not be the right approach, say some health care providers. An article written by Jeffrey O. Greenberg and Henry Greenberg, published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website of the National Institutes for Health, calls for the Association of… Continue Reading Are more doctors the solution for shortage?

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Baby Boomers are getting older and retiring. That means that physicians who are Baby Boomers are doing the same. “Nationally, there’s already a [physician] shortage of about 20,000 that’s supposed to grow between now and 2025,” said Dr. Mike Ware, executive vice president of the El Paso County Medical Society. The EPCMS is affiliated with… Continue Reading Physician shortage affects El Paso, Teller counties

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Epic, a new computer system that came to Memorial Hospital from University of Colorado Health, will go live at 2 a.m. Saturday. In charge at the Epic training center, Dr. Katie Markley described the intensity of the week as “controlled chaos now. It’s very intense.” Epic will make all medical records electronic. Prior to Epic,… Continue Reading Memorial computer system going live at 2 a.m. Saturday

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