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Penrose-St. Frances Health Services is ranked the No. 1 hospital for critical care services in Colorado. An annual survey by Healthgrades, a Boulder-based company, ranks the system in the top 5 percent nationally. The nation’s 5,000 non-federal hospitals were included in the study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data for 2006,… Continue Reading Penrose receives high marks from Healthgrades

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Health care reform could include “warranties” on treatments Editor’s Note: PricewaterhouseCoopers is conducting a series of five seminars during October and November about health care reform. This is the second in the series covered by Amy Gillentine. The series will continue through Nov. 27. Health care might soon come with a 30-day “warranty” — with… Continue Reading Taking a page out of the retail industry’s handbook

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Clearing up the muddy waters of the proposed legislation Myths. Distortions. Outright lies. All characterize the debate about health care reform. From a congressman shouting, “You lie!” at the president, to a myriad of special interest groups “spinning” what’s in the proposed legislation — how can anyone tell what really is part of the reform… Continue Reading Sorting fact, fiction of health care reform

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No one yet knows what the final version of health care reform will be… Continue Reading Health care reform: Less money, more redistribution

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Hospitals that provide a substantial amount of uninsured and uncompensated care — and other safety net providers — could experience serious financial problems as a result of the health care reforms being debated by Congress. House Bill 3200 cuts payments for uninsured or uncompensated care by 50 percent starting during 2017. “There are about 150… Continue Reading Pain of health care cuts will be spread around industry

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Imagine the day when mammograms will be unnecessary. Imagine the day when celebrating another year won’t seem so miraculous. Imagine the day when we won’t have to fear for the lives of our daughters. – Imagine, from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure philosophy. Breast cancer is personal for Nancy Forgi. Her grandmother, mother… Continue Reading Cancer survivors’ luncheon highlights race to find cure

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Are ACOs the answer to health reform?

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Add another acronym to the health care reform debate: ACOs. John Bertko, a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute, said that Accountable Care Organizations — sort of the new millennium’s answer to Health Maintenance Organizations — could be a way to tie together the various aspects of reform. “We can create a system where reform… Continue Reading Are ACOs the answer to health reform?

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When saving for retirement is perceived as glamorous — for traveling to Hawaii or dining al fresco on the Mediterranean — it’s more palatable than realism. But the harsh reality is that nearly everyone will need health care while retired. And insufficient savings for health care will make most other retirement hopes mere fantasies. A… Continue Reading Don’t forget health care costs when saving for retirement

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Everybody weighing in on health care reform debate

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Insurance industry organizations, groups representing hospitals, doctors and nurses — as well as groups that represent consumers and the uninsured — have announced studies and plans that reflect both the need for health care reform and their need to shape the dialogue. America’s Health Insurance Plans has released reports showing that Medicare Advantage — a… Continue Reading Everybody weighing in on health care reform debate

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Part oral history and part theatrical performance, Invisible Voices was created to help heal the breach between disabled people — whatever their disability — and people who tend to see them as stereotypes. Part of Ping Chong’s groundbreaking series “Undesirable Elements,” the play tells the story of six Colorado residents through their own words. Four… Continue Reading ‘Invisible Voices’ casting spotlight on disabilities

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