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Health care costs are quickly outpacing income at almost every level for residents of Colorado. A series of workshops throughout the state will address the findings of an affordability study conducted by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiatives. The groups will be in Colorado Springs at 6 p.m.… Continue Reading It’s not just the poor who can’t afford health care

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As hospitals struggle to meet new budget demands, they are faced with delaying or scaling back information technology projects — despite the fact that technology offers the promise of more efficient, less expensive care. Moving from a paper-based system to an electronic system, prescribing medicine using hand-held devices, checking drug interactions via computers — all… Continue Reading Health care providers facing technology quandary

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The nation’s hospitals will give up $155 billion in future Medicare and Medicaid payments to help defray the cost of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, a concession the White House hopes will boost an overhaul effort that’s hit a roadblock in Congress. Vice President Joe Biden announced the deal… Continue Reading Hospitals to give back billions as part of health care deal

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Health care costs ‘tug-o-war’

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American workers — fearful of losing their jobs — are driving up health care costs. A study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers predicts a 9 percent increase in health care costs nationally during 2010, slightly less than the 9.2 percent increase during 2009 and the 9.9 percent during 2008. Despite the recent economic contraction, health care costs continue… Continue Reading Health care costs ‘tug-o-war’

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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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Colorado’s rural areas are facing a serious shortage of health care providers — but Kaiser Permanente is giving $2.4 million to the University of Colorado at Denver’s Health Science Center to help train more medical professionals who will work in isolated areas the state. The money will establish an Interdisciplinary Rural Training and Service Program,… Continue Reading Kaiser donates $2.4 million to shore up rural care

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Doctors – from internists to specialists – are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because of the “hassle factor,”… Continue Reading ‘Hassle’ causing doctors to avoid new Medicare patients

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Battle over sick leave heating up

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For the second year in a row, Congress is considering a federal paid sick leave policy. Known as the Healthy Families Act, the bill requires any employer with more than 15 workers to provide seven days of sick leave. The bill targets low- and middle-wage employees such as retail, grocery store and restaurant workers. Nearly… Continue Reading Battle over sick leave heating up

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Even as Congress debates overhauling the nation’s health care system, industry insiders are concerned about the implications of proposals being considered in Washington, D.C. Hospitals are concerned about costs; doctors about reimbursement rates and insurers are worried about competition with a lower-cost government plan. The plan under consideration only provides coverage for uninsured and under-insured… Continue Reading Obama health care overhaul not universally embraced

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True cost of disability staggering

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Getting injured or disabled can cause a staggering financial impact if people don’t have disability insurance – costs can reach as high as 20 times a person’s annual salary. That’s according to a study released by the Life Foundation and America’s Health Insurance Plans. The study provides a rare look at the consequences facing individuals… Continue Reading True cost of disability staggering

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