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State health benefits exchange receives $43m grant

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The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange received a financial shot in the arm with a $43.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help establish the exchange. HHS is awarding grants to states that have shown progress in establishing their exchanges. The awards are based on the needs and planned expenses… Continue Reading State health benefits exchange receives $43m grant

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A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese — not merely overweight, but obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults… Continue Reading Advocates: 39 states’ obesity rates to pass 50 pct

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    For the first time, researchers are reporting that a treatment might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years, but the evidence is weak and only in four patients.   The treatment is Gammagard, made by Baxter International Inc. Doctors say that four patients who received the highest dose in early… Continue Reading Small study: Drug may help stabilize Alzheimer’s

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UCH earns best hospital in state

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University of Colorado Hospital, the group hoping to lease Colorado Springs’ Memorial Health System, was ranked best hospital in the state by U.S. News and World Report. The report ranks five specialties at UCH as best in the nation, including a No. 1 ranking for the hospital’s respiratory care, the category where it tied for… Continue Reading UCH earns best hospital in state

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Study results for three experimental drugs for Alzheimer’s are expected in the coming months after more than a decade of failed attempts to find a way to slow down the disease.   There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. Current medicines just temporarily ease symptoms of the mind-robbing disease.   Results are due within a… Continue Reading Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming

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Health care leaders applaud court decision

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Mere minutes after the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, politicians from both sides of the aisle started offering their opinions for and against the health-care reform law. Continue Reading Health care leaders applaud court decision

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  Forget that image of a hospice worker sitting next to a hospital bed in a dimly lit room. Today, hospice care is delivered everywhere from the golf course to the casino.   As they brace for the eventual needs of the aging baby boom generation, hospice providers are working to diversify their services and… Continue Reading With boomers coming, hospice industry diversifies

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the only hospital in Colorado to make the Becker’s Hospital Review top 100 Great Community Hospitals.   It’s the second time Penrose won the award. Becker’s editorial team analyzed and reviewed data from iVantage, Health Analytics, HealthGrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center and Thomson Reuters to identify the top hospitals.  … Continue Reading Penrose named to top 100 community hospitals

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Memorial Health System is the official hospital of the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In the first-of-its-kind agreement, Memorial will provide both general and specialized care to athletes training in the city, as well as provide medical support for USOC sports events in Colorado Springs. It’s hoped that other training centers will… Continue Reading Memorial to become official USOTC health system

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Health care spending in the United States is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.7 percent for the next 10 years, according to estimates from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s 0.9 percent higher than the expected growth in the gross domestic product, according… Continue Reading Health Affairs: Health care spending to grow faster than GDP

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