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Report: ER visits spike due to Affordable Care Act

Report: ER visits spike due to Affordable Care Act

Hospitals in states choosing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, including Colorado, reported sustained growth in Medicaid patient volumes during second-quarter 2014 — and three times the increase of emergency department visits than hospitals in non-expansion states in second-quarter 2014 compared to the same time last year, according to a new study from… Continue Reading Report: ER visits spike due to Affordable Care Act

Multi-year initiative with Colorado hospitals reduces health care costs by millions

A two-year, federally-funded quality improvement project — led by the Colorado Hospital Association and implemented at 55 Colorado hospitals — has resulted in more than $8.4 million in reduced health care costs and 916 fewer episodes of patient harm or readmission. The Partnership for Patients campaign, a public-private partnership of the Centers for Medicare &… Continue Reading Multi-year initiative with Colorado hospitals reduces health care costs by millions

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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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Memorial recognized for organ-donation efforts

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Memorial facilitated the most tissue donations of any state hospital last year, earning recognition from the Colorado Hospital Association and Donor Alliance. Donor Alliance COO Jennifer Prinz and CHA President Steven Summer presented the award last week in Vail. The award was created to recognize the commitment of Colorado hospitals, medical centers and health care… Continue Reading Memorial recognized for organ-donation efforts

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Congressional District 5, which includes all of El Paso County, has 13 hospitals and a direct revenue of $1.1 billion. That’s according to a new report from the Colorado Hospital Association, which examined the total economic impact of the state’s hospitals. The association is trying to stem health care cuts in Congress. The total output… Continue Reading Hospitals responsible for 2 percent of economic output

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Colorado hospitals cared for 1,300 patients every day last year – and now the Colorado Hospital Association has issued its annual report about the most common reasons for hospitalizations, and their costs. “This report, when used in conjunction with the updated Hospital Report Card to be released in November, provides valuable information to consumers as… Continue Reading Hospital association releases annual charges report

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The Colorado Hospital Association, along with seven hospitals, has filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The suit contends that the public health department “seriously harmed hospitals’ procedural rights by failing to follow appropriate measures” when drafting new licensing regulations for hospitals and health facilities. The association is seeking to… Continue Reading Hospital association files suit against state health department

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The Colorado Telehealth Network will receive a total of $9.7 million to connect Colorado health care facilities to a statewide broadband network. Hospitals, rural health clinics and other providers can share medical information across large distances – minimizing patient travel time and reducing health care costs. “This major milestone will bring Colorado one step closer… Continue Reading Colorado receives federal money for telemedicine

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