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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing reduced Medicaid expenses by $20 million with a new program and returned nearly $3 million to state and federal taxpayers. It’s the first year for the Accountable Care Collaborative program,  designed to improve client health while lower health costs. The legislature passed the law in 2009… Continue Reading Health policy department returns $3 million to state

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Pam McManus often wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to figure out new ways to get more people seen at Peak Vista Community Health Centers. The safety-net clinic has a waiting list of about 6,000 people — and that’s after McManus has whittled away at the 8,000 she inherited 18 months ago… Continue Reading Facing record growth, Peak Vista still handles demand

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In an uncertain health care environment, industry experts are sure about one forecast: An aging population will impact services, providers and payers like never before. But exactly how much it will stress the industry — and in what ways — is still unknown, those same experts say. Health care groups already are struggling to create… Continue Reading Aging population stresses many health care services

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Jill Law had just been named the permanent executive director of El Paso County Public Health in June when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out, reducing hundreds of homes to ashes, killing two people and leaving thousands without electricity. Even though she was evacuated — as was the health department itself — Law managed to set up… Continue Reading Law tackles responsibilities of county public health

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AMA: Insurance market growing less competitive

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Most areas of the country have only a single health insurer, according to a report from the American Medical Association, and that means that the marketplace is less competitive than it should be. The report shows that the three top managed care plans in the United States have consolidated market concentration to the point there… Continue Reading AMA: Insurance market growing less competitive

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he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act failed to solve one health care riddle: how to pay for long-term care for the rising tide of the nation’s aging population. Continue Reading Long-term care: A problem the Affordable Care Act didn’t fix

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A Dallas-based provider of health care screenings for businesses in more than 20 states has indentified Colorado Springs as one of its first markets for expansion. Star Wellness is seeking to franchise the business as part of a larger plan designed to expand the company’s presence nationwide. One franchise is needed in the Springs to… Continue Reading Star Wellness looks for Springs franchise operator

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The state of Colorado will receive $221,430 as part of a settlement against Connecticut-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharaceuticals Inc. for alleged kickbacks and off-labeling market campaigns, said Attorney General John Suthers. The state will return about $104,000 to the federal government for its share of the Medicaid money recovered in the settlement. Nationally, BIPI… Continue Reading Colorado’s Medicaid program reimbursed in legal settlement

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Rural health conference held in Springs

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The Colorado Rural Health Center is having its annual conference today and tomorrow at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs. It’s the first time the group has held the rural health conference in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the conference is to inform health care professionals about rural health care issues. Topics to be discussed… Continue Reading Rural health conference held in Springs

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Health care job fair slated for Oct. 19

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The Colorado Hospital Association and the National Healthcare Career Network are hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at College America, 3545 Citadel Drive South. Job seekers will be greeted by Memorial Health System CEO Mike Scialdone. Employers available will be: Memorial, Centura, HealthOne, Evans Memorial Hospital, Peak Vista Community Health… Continue Reading Health care job fair slated for Oct. 19

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