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 teamContinue reading …
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 businessesContinue reading …
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
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 leaderContinue reading …
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&AContinue reading …
“This bill [HB 1346] adds people to the list of those who can be dependents on an insurance policy and adds costs to businesses.”
-Jerry McElroy, director of government relations for Kaiser Permanente Continue Reading Health care legislation addressing a variety of issues
Although he’s an employee benefits consultant Monday through Friday, on Saturday afternoons, Scott Stafford dons his media persona as the host of “Business Initiative,” a 1460 KZNT talk-radio show.
The hour-long radio show, sponsored by Stafford’s employer, Van Gilder Insurance Corp., has been on the air every Saturday starting at 2 p.m. since Jan. 7. Each week, Stafford and his guests of the day talk about specific issues affecting Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. Many of those sharing the radio spotlight with Stafford have been involved in one of the hottest issues in every community: health care. Continue Reading Medic air
“When you become a children’s hospital, it sends a clear message to the physicians and the community that you are serious about providing care.”
-June Chan, administrative director for the Children’s Hospital. Continue Reading Growing up
Vision specialists are sitting directly in the eye of the storm – the storm of more than 2.8 million baby boomers who turn 60 this year.
When the post-World War II generation entered their 40s and began straining their eyes to read the newspaper or squinting at the lights impeding their night vision, they created job security for optometrists and ophthalmologists by their sheer numbers, said Dr. Tony Ikehara, a Colorado Springs optometrist and owner of Advanced Eye Care. Continue Reading Keeping eye doctors busy
The news reports we’re all seeing are full of information about “avian” or “bird flu” now spreading in bird populations in Asia and Europe. As Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said recently, the H5N1 virus is causing a pandemic for birds. The fear, of course, is that what is now a bird pandemic will become a human pandemic.
Know this: No one knows whether this particular virus is “the one” that will trigger the world’s next pandemic. What we do know, however, is that the world is overdue for a pandemic; we haven’t seen one since the 1968 Hong Kong flu. And what we need to do now is prepare for any possible pandemic or other emergency. Continue Reading Preparing for emergencies