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Feds approve Colorado hospital fee

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The federal government has approved Colorado’s plan to charge patient fees to hospitals. Gov. Bill Ritter announced yesterday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services agreed to the state’s hospital provider fee, which will expand both Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus elgibility, insuring more state residents. The federal government will now match… Continue Reading Feds approve Colorado hospital fee

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Gov. Bill Ritter is set to sign a bill that prohibits gender discrimination in setting health insurance rates. The bill will be signed today, the annual Health Care Day of Action at the Capitol. Lawmakers say rates for women are often higher than rates for men and they believe it’s unfair. – Associated Press

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Colorado might soon join 10 other states in creating its own health care data base — a compilation of all health care claims and information throughout the state. House Bill 1330 will create the database as part of Gov. Bill Ritter’s health care initiative package. Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Tennessee, Vermont, New Hampshire, Florida, Oregon, Utah… Continue Reading Legislature poised to create ‘all claims’ database

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More families seek multi-generational homes

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Family reunions are taking on a new meaning in the real estate market. A Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey shows that 37 percent of homebuyers want to purchase homes to accommodate more than one generation of their family. In addition, almost 70 percent of the company’s sales agents believe that economic conditions might cause greater… Continue Reading More families seek multi-generational homes

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Humana will cut its work force by 5 percent, or 1,400 people, during 2010, the result of lower enrollment rates at the insurance company. The company plans to reduce the impact of 2,500 job cuts by adding 1,100 jobs in medical-cost containment, pharmacy management and specialty products – the company’s growth areas. Humana said the… Continue Reading Humana to cut 1,400 jobs

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Republicans warned during most of 2009’s debate about health care reform that it if passed, the government would take over health care. And now, the government’s own actuaries say that what’s going to happen anyway. In two years, the government’s spending on health care will surpass private spending for the first time. That trend is… Continue Reading Government’s spending to surpass private insurance

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Time to eat right, exercise

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Editor’s note: Reporter Amy Gillentine is participating in a six-month preventive medicine program. She will chronicle her experience here and online in a special Health Track blog at CSBJ.com. As promised, I took the first step in getting healthier this weekend. I went to the first screening of the Healthy Neighborhood collaboration between the Old… Continue Reading Time to eat right, exercise

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Health Care 2010

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As some industries begin a slow recovery, 2010 could be the year that health care sees its own contained recession. Nationally, health care lags about a year behind other industries — so this year might be the year that the recession hits home for those in the industry. “The primary emphasis for all health care… Continue Reading Health Care 2010

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While nearly every industry has switched to electronic record keeping and payments, the health care industry is lagging behind — and it is costing the country $22 billion in health care expenses every year. Celent, a research and advisory firm, says that electronic processing is present in most steps of the health care revenue cycle… Continue Reading Technology delay costing health industry $22 billion annually

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Massachusetts plan offers tangible results Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a five-part series about the business implications of health care reform produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Massachusetts set the blueprint for current and future health care reform, and the nation could learn about pitfalls and success by studying the state’s model. Implemented during 2007, Massachusetts… Continue Reading A blueprint for health care

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