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Baby boomers are driving change in health care

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The Dallas Morning News ran a story in early September about working baby boomers who are caring for aging parents. According to the article, Texas Instruments is “on the leading edge of businesses that help employees who are caring for older relatives.” It’s just one example of how industry, especially health care, will have to adapt as the post-World War II generation embraces their golden years. Continue Reading Baby boomers are driving change in health care

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For a community of people

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Seamen who could not find adequate health care in port cities where they landed were the impetus for creating a public health system in the United States. Over the centuries, the public health system evolved and expanded, but responding to the needs of a community of people remains the core of its existence.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site, in 1798, Congress established a network of hospitals in various American port cities to provide health care to the men who traveled the seas for trade and security purposes. The first federally controlled health system was called the Marine Hospital Service. In 1902, it was renamed the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service. Continue Reading For a community of people

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Colorado has one of the highest low-birth-weight rates in the nation. The medium treatment costs for low-birth-weight babies range between $32,000 and $50,000. The average cost for a healthy baby delivery at Colorado Springs two hospitals is about $6,000.
Linda Short, a public health nurse and the community perinatal case manager for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, said the March of Dimes information on low-birth weights also included statistics on long-term costs. Health care education and child care expenses for the 3.5 to 4 million children born with low birth weight totals between $5.5 billion and $6 billion from birth to age 15. Continue Reading Health department promotes healthy weight for moms-to-be

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Does Big America need big government?

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Obesity in the United States is at epidemic proportions. Health organizations across the country are asking government and businesses to step up to the plate to reduce the portions on Americans’ plates.
According to an August report from Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization focused on disease prevention, figures from the Centers for Disease Control show that almost two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity rates tripled from 1980 to 2004. Continue Reading Does Big America need big government?

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Monitoring and protecting the health of our community is the primary focus of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment (EPCDHE). Your Health Department works hard to maintain and improve conditions that enable you to live a healthy life in a safe environment. Like most large health departments around the country, the EPCDHE services to the community range from the traditional — preventing and containing the spread of infectious disease and ensuring the food you eat and activities you engage in are safe — to more cutting-edge services, such as leading our community in preparation for a possible pandemic flu outbreak and conducting comprehensive health status assessments. Continue Reading El Paso County Health Department introduces comprehensive community health report

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Many people know that the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment inspects restaurants, grocery stores, delis and other retail food establishments. But some people may not know that inspections aren’t just designed to protect patrons. Continue Reading Inspections protect the public and food-service businesses

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Quid pro quo

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Reciprocity, a centuries-old principle of exchanging goods for services, is as important today to a challenged health care industry as a scalpel is to a surgeon.
A new generation of health care consumers is increasingly pressuring hospitals to demonstrate and measure quality of care, and their demands are creating a need for enhanced relationships between hospital administrators and physicians, said Dr. James Tucci, senior vice president and chief medical officer at St. John Health in Warren, Mich. Continue Reading Quid pro quo

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Follow the leader

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The underwriting process reduced me to a child-like state of total helplessness. I felt like a criminal because I am over 50 and take meds for attention deficit disorder. Continue Reading Follow the leader

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Q&A

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Enthoven, a former Rhodes Scholar, is a Marriner Eccles professor emeritus of public and private management at Stanford University and one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think tank on health care policy. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a consultant to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, chairman of the Health Benefits Advisory Council for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and a member of the board of directors of the Integrated Health Care Association. Continue Reading Q&A

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A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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Over the past 24 years, national health expenditures have increased from 9.1 percent of the gross domestic product to 16 percent. If the rate of growth continues for the next 24 years, national health expenditures will reach 28 percent of the GDP.
-Alain Enthoven, professor emeritus, Stanford Continue Reading A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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