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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance — which took the biggest blow in the latest budget cuts — will receive a $42 million grant from the federal government. Administered during the next five years, the grant will help health care organizations invest in infrastructure and technology to improve efficiency. Access to medical… Continue Reading Health Policy Dept. receives grant to improve access

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Adolescents and young adults diagnosed with blood-related cancers have better long-term survival rates than those who were diagnosed during the 1980s. A study in the journal Cancer, published by the American Cancer Society, shows that significant advances have been made in the treatment of 15- to 24 year-olds with leukemias and lymphomas; however, survival rates… Continue Reading Survival rate for young adult cancer patients increasing

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Health-care costs are expected to rise an average of 10.5 percent during the next 12 months, say researchers at Aon Consulting. Aon surveyed more than 60 health-care insurers representing more than 100 million policyholders. The survey found an expected increase of 10.4 percent for both HMOs and POS plans, a 10.7 percent increase for PPOs and… Continue Reading Health care costs to jump 10 percent in 12 months

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Human resource executives recommend that college graduates pursue engineering, health care and computer science degrees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computer science will be one of the fastest growing occupations during the next 10 years. The health sector is expected to add more jobs than any other industry – three million new salary… Continue Reading Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be HR executives

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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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A growing chorus of health care providers believes something is missing from the debate about reform — personal responsibility, an individual pledge to move toward wellness. “We have a huge disease burden, said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association who was in Colorado Springs last week. “Obesity… Continue Reading When will wellness enter the health care debate?

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Economists claim preventive care costs more than it saves The push to diagnose diseases early and to save money has made prevention a major health care goal. But some economists question the efficiency of preventive care, saying that it actually costs more money than it saves — a belief that puts them at odds with… Continue Reading Is an ounce of prevention truly worth a pound of cure?

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If you have high cholesterol while in your 40s — more is at risk than just your heart. Research shows that your mind is also at risk. Kaiser Permanente studied people with mid to high cholesterol levels for 40 years. The results showed a sobering connection: a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia.… Continue Reading Midlife high cholesterol linked to late-life dementia

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The 20th Amendment to the Colorado Constitution authorizes the medical use of marijuana for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions and establishes an affirmative defense to state criminal laws for patients and their primary caregivers. While some distributors of medical marijuana and law enforcement agencies say the amendment is too vague and that some form… Continue Reading Distributors, law enforcement seek medical marijuana regulation

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