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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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The number of people covered by Medicaid in Colorado has risen to 457,699 – enough to fill the Pepsi Center 24 times. The total has risen by more than 9,000 people since March, and by 72,597 compared to April of last year, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “The increase… Continue Reading More people using Medicaid

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HSA enrollment reaches 8 million

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Eight million Americans are enrolled in health savings account insurance plans, an increase of more than 31 percent compared to 2008. “HSA plans provide coverage to a number of consumers of all ages and incomes across the country, and they represent an important choice for employers and individuals when looking at the portfolio of coverage… Continue Reading HSA enrollment reaches 8 million

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Penrose earns Blue distinction

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named a Blue distinction center for Cardiac Care – one of only three hospitals in the state to receive the designation. Blue Distinction Centers must be accredited by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Joint Commission, provide a wide-range of cardiac services and have medical response teams available 24 hours… Continue Reading Penrose earns Blue distinction

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Obesity is considered an epidemic in the United States – and Colorado has not been immune to the problem. Although the state is the thinnest in the nation, with an obesity rate of 19.1 percent (compared to 26.6 percent nationwide), the problem is growing – contributing to increasing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and asthma rates.… Continue Reading Colorado not immune to fighting battle of the bulging waistlines

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Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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Golden-based Health Grades only awarded one Colorado hospital with its coveted patient safety excellence award. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins earned the award for 2009 as one of only 242 hospitals nationwide that met patient safety criteria among Medicare paitents among 5,000 hospitals in the United States. The data is important, said spokesman Scott… Continue Reading Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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Child care inspections to resume

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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment will reinstate its Child Care Center Health Inspections program this month. The department will pay for the inspections using money from the El Paso County Department of Human Services and federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants. The additional money means that the department will be… Continue Reading Child care inspections to resume

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Peak Vista plans to use $1.3 million received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create new mobile health services.The grant will provide money for two years, and covers both the staff and operations of mobile health services, which will bring care to children in their neighborhoods. Peak Vista was the only community health… Continue Reading Peak Vista creates new services, staff positions

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Health education, research center opens

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The only nonprofit center in Southern Colorado to focus on education and research in the health sciences opened this week in Colorado Springs.The Julie Penrose Health Education and Research Center, located at 6071 East Woodmen Road at the St. Francis Medical Center campus, is a community-based, state-of-the-art medical center that will focus on health sciences… Continue Reading Health education, research center opens

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