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Colorado can get up to an additional $2.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help hospitals treat patients without insurance. Payments will be made to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income or uninsured patients. In Colorado Springs, both Penrose-St. Francis Health Centers and Memorial Health System are disproportionate share hospitals, but… Continue Reading Springs hospitals could receive stimulus money

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Health officials say a new program that combines technology and health care has increased the recovery chances for heart attack patients by 88 percent. The pilot program, conducted in Colorado by Kasier Permanente, consists of nursing and pharmacy teams working together with heart disease patients and their doctors. The team works together toward the patient’s lifestyle modification,… Continue Reading Team-approach program improves heart attack survival rate

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Ever wonder how that bill was calculated if you had to pay to see a doctor outside your insurance network?Might be a scam, says a senator investigating the issue. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, wants answers at a hearing Tuesday from the chief executives of… Continue Reading Senator looks into out-of-network ‘scam’ issue

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Despite rising costs, very few employers changed their health benefit packages during the 2009 enrollment season. Employers absorbed most of the cost increases, and added access to health saving accounts and wellness programs. That’s according to the Wells Fargo Benefits Marketplace Survey, which includes responses from more than 400 U.S. employers. The survey shows that… Continue Reading Employers not changing health benefits, despite economy

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers will receive $1.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will aid 5,240 patients and create at least 40 jobs. The money is being distributed by the Health and Human Services Administration and is part of $155 million in grants set aside for community health centers. “These… Continue Reading Peak Vista stimulus money to create 40 jobs

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