About 30 percent of doctors in the United States would choose a different profession if they could start over immediately.

HCD Research says that doctors between the ages of 35 and 64 were the most likely to be inclined to choose a different profession.

The company interviewed 929 doctors. Most of the 30 percent who said they would change professions cited negotiated reimbursement rates as the reason for their dissatisfaction. Other reasons included malpractice suits and an inability to cover the costs of doing business.

Dairy ordered to cease distribution

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has ordered Kinikin Corner Dairy in Montrose to cease distribution of its raw milk.

Eleven confirmed cases of campylobacter have been reported on the Western Slope since March 30. Of those, 10 people reported drinking raw milk and eight reported getting the raw milk from Kinikin Corner Dairy.

The state health department is contacting about 200 people who are participants in the Kinikin cow share operation, in which individuals buy a share of a cow and in return receive raw, unpasteurized milk.

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People are being advised not to consume raw milk and raw milk products from the dairy and to discard any products in their homes.

The 10 campylobacter cases reported by individuals drinking raw milk were in Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. The one case of campylobacter not linked to raw milk was in Montezuma County.

Symptoms of campylobacter include fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. People experiencing these symptoms should consult with their health care provider.

The public health order says that Kinikin Corner Dairy shall immediately cease distributing or making available for distribution raw milk and raw milk products until further notice from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department is working with Montrose Health and Human Services officials to investigate the outbreak.

Kaiser expands to Pueblo, Canon City

Kaiser Permanente Colorado and Centura Health have entered into a hospital services agreement which provides all Kaiser Permanente members in southern Colorado with more choice and flexibility for care.

St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo are now in-network providers for Kaiser Permanente members.

Since January, Medicare beneficiaries in El Paso, Teller, Pueblo and Fremont counties have been eligible to enroll in Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Advantage plans. During July, Kaiser Permanente will launch a commercial line of business in the four-county area.

Colorado: healthy by WHO standards

Colorado is the fourth healthiest state in the country, according to a report Sby the World Health Organization that compares the state’s mental and physical health.

Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming ranked higher, while the bottom four states were Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The research and methodology underlying the Well Being Index, sponsored by American Health Insurance Plans, a nonprofit insurance industry group, is based on the WHO definition of health as “not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental and social well-being.”

In Colorado, 6,559 people answered the 40-question survey.

The study breaks down health by congressional district, and Colorado Springs doesn’t fare as well as some other parts of the state.

The 5th Congressional District ranked 100th nationally, while the 6th Congressional District, which includes part of Denver and Aurora, ranked fourth.

The 2nd Congressional District, which includes part of Denver and Boulder, ranked 38th among the 240 districts.

Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.