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Hospital performance reports: getting it right

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In June, UnitedHealthcare released a report card ranking Colorado hospitals on 150 procedures, evaluated for quality and cost. The results of the study showed a few significant differences between Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Memorial Hospital.
However, an earlier report that was cited by some local media contained data that was skewed. Continue Reading Hospital performance reports: getting it right

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“I think people who take the time to understand that every action has a reaction, that everything we do during the course of our life influences our future will understand the basic, simplistic chiropractic message.”
-Dr. Fran Palmer, Palmer Chiropractic Continue Reading Chiropractic care: realigning insurance and adjusting for the future

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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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A top-notch physicians lounge complete with hot gourmet meals and exercise equipment has become an attractive hub for doctors at Memorial Hospital. The docs are happy and spending longer hours on site. Something for something: balanced reciprocity – and something beyond. Continue Reading Doctor, doctor, I’ll give you the news: I’ve got a good case for loving you

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More than the blues

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Employee assistance professionals list depression as one of the top-three issues they address in the workplace. Three percent of short-term disability days are caused by depressive disorders. Continue Reading More than the blues

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National legislative briefs

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Small business advocates are rallying to revive legislation allowing national trade associations to offer health care coverage to their members. Continue Reading National legislative briefs

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Impacting the bottom line and the team

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In a corporate study involving First Chicago Realty Corp., “Depressive disorders accounted for more than half of all medical plan dollars paid for mental health problems. The amount (spent) for treatment of these claims was close to the amount spent on treatment for heart disease,” according to the El Paso County Mental Health Association Web site. Continue Reading Impacting the bottom line and the team

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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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