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Culture of improved health can impact bottom line

By Margaret Sabin CEO, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services All of the election-year commotion and fog surrounding health care costs, access, and who pays what, has failed to address the central problem of health in the United States: Americans as a whole are becoming profoundly unhealthy, the result of engaging in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that are… Continue Reading Culture of improved health can impact bottom line

Colorado’s health hasn’t improved much in the years that the Colorado Health Foundation has been releasing its report card. In fact, for the state labeled “leanest” and “most active,” health care advocates say there is a lot of room for improvement. In its latest reiteration of the state’s health report card, the state earned a… Continue Reading Colorado Health Foundation report card: Not much progress

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The Palisades wins tech, fitness awards

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The Palisades Senior Living received an award from the national Association of Home Builders for its integration of technology and wellness programs for residence. The Palisades, which offers both independent living and assisted living to its residents,  won the award along with their partner, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Every year, the NAHB… Continue Reading The Palisades wins tech, fitness awards

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The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report released Thursday. How much is that? Including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will average $13,710 for every man, woman and… Continue Reading Gov’t: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

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State Sen. Rollie Heath says schools need more help than an initiative to raise taxes can offer. Heath says he hopes an initiative he is proposing would at least shore up some funding for public schools and higher education while deeper changes to education are decided, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The initiative… Continue Reading Heath says tax hike only small step for schools

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Springs isn’t as fit as it’s billed

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Colorado Springs has been ranked by Men’s Health magazine and Gallup as one of the fittest, healthiest cities in the country. The problem? The statistics don’t always support the hype. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report ranks El Paso County nowhere near the top of the state’s healthiest regions. Instead, it’s ranked 29th out of… Continue Reading Springs isn’t as fit as it’s billed

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Drug abuse remains one of the top five costliest health problems in the United States. Most of the money invested in combating alcohol and drug abuse goes toward responding to the consequences of these societal problems. Only 2 percent goes to prevention, according to a report from the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse… Continue Reading Expect government focus to shift to preventing drug abuse and crime

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Colorado’s small group insurance program is relatively stable – with 21 companies providing insurance to small businesses. That’s the 2008 report from the Division of Insurance, which shows a 7 percent, or about 25,000 fewer people, reduction in coverage between 2007 and 2008. Despite the economic downturn, the drop isn’t the most dramatic during recent… Continue Reading Dept. of Insurance reports stable coverage environment

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Colorado is one of the top 10 states when it comes to serious disciplinary actions for doctors – and this, according to publiccitizen.org, is good news. The state had 4.5 actions – including revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probations – for every 1,000 doctors, making it ninth of 10 states. The other states with the most… Continue Reading Colorado’s doctors face right amount of discipline

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Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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Colorado ranks fourth in the nation in terms of well being, according to a national analysis of 350,000 interviews conducted in 2008. Only Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming rank higher, with Michigan, Tennessee and Oklahoma having the lowest well-being ratings, according to the Gallup Healthways WEll-Being Index, one of the largest survey of its kind. The… Continue Reading Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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