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Memorial hires two prominent surgeons

Memorial Hospital has hired two local surgeons from its competitor, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Thoracic surgeon Matthew Blum and cardiothoracic surgeon Martin Beggs are leaving Penrose to join Memorial this spring. They will partner with cardiothoracic surgeon Bryan Mahan, who has worked at Memorial since 1999. Blum is one of four general thoracic surgeons in… Continue Reading Memorial hires two prominent surgeons

Memorial Health System is the official hospital of the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In the first-of-its-kind agreement, Memorial will provide both general and specialized care to athletes training in the city, as well as provide medical support for USOC sports events in Colorado Springs. It’s hoped that other training centers will… Continue Reading Memorial to become official USOTC health system

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When 510,000 people are added to Colorado’s heath insurance rolls in 2014, the state won’t need as many new primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants as once was believed. An analysis by the Colorado Health Institute says that people won’t have to overwhelm emergency rooms once they get insurance – they’ll be other… Continue Reading Health reform will require fewer doctors than anticipated

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Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Hospitals and doctors are seeking greater commitments from each other as a way to gain economic security — but don’t call it a marriage yet. Newfound hospital and doctor commitments are likely to take several different forms — joint ventures, partnerships, employment — as the way health care is delivered changes nationwide, thanks to a… Continue Reading Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Colorado health care professionals could be eligible to receive up to $105,000 to pay off student loans. The state health care professional loan repayment program offers to repay loans to health care workers who are employed in an outpatient practice in a Colorado where there is a health professional shortage. Colorado Springs is one of… Continue Reading Doctors, nurses can apply to erase student loans

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Program shows success with pay for performance

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Pilot programs that reward doctors and hospitals for performance and quality medicine pay off in terms of financial savings and patient health. During the past five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been rewarding doctors in private practice, as well as hospitals, for improving the quality of care and reducing the effects… Continue Reading Program shows success with pay for performance

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Physician price gouging?

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Study claims that doctors are dramatically raising prices for out-of-network care The health insurance industry has fired another salvo in the health care reform battle, releasing a study that claims doctors are overcharging patients — sometimes by as much as 4,000 percent. America’s Health Insurance Plans claims that doctors who choose not to participate in health networks… Continue Reading Physician price gouging?

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Doctors shifting gears

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It could be the prescription for future health care: doctors working for hospitals instead of in private, independent practices. No longer able to meet the rising costs of malpractice insurance, deal with paperwork and juggle patients on their own, many physicians are going to work for hospitals. “It’s significant,” said Dr. Steve Berkshire, health care… Continue Reading Doctors shifting gears

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Twenty Colorado Springs physicians are listed among the nation’s most influential doctors in a USA Today public database opened this week. The local doctors were among 6,000 in 300 metro areas considered to be leaders in their communities in treating one or more of four key chronic conditions: diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. The… Continue Reading Springs docs among nation’s most influential

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Colorado is one of the top 10 states when it comes to serious disciplinary actions for doctors – and this, according to publiccitizen.org, is good news. The state had 4.5 actions – including revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probations – for every 1,000 doctors, making it ninth of 10 states. The other states with the most… Continue Reading Colorado’s doctors face right amount of discipline

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