El Paso County Public Health is perhaps best known as a place where flu shots are given and as an agency that inspects restaurants. But the department also provides a broad spectrum of services and works with a range of businesses to address safety issues and keep the workforce healthy. Governed by a volunteer board […]
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The local health care industry saw a change in leadership at one of the city’s largest hospitals along with the nurse shortage and two epidemics — opioid and teen vaping — topping headlines in 2018. Shifting roles In early August, the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Board of Directors unanimously selected the interim chief executive officer […]
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was accused of using Joe Camel, a cartoon dromedary who wore sunglasses, to attract young people to its cigarettes in the late ’80s and early ’90s. For decades, R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette companies, marketed their products via radio, television and movies, leading to a federal government crackdown on tobacco advertising, […]
One of the biggest worries of patients going into the hospital is how much it’s going to cost them. UCHealth has created a new price estimator tool that not only includes the price of the procedure but also connects in real time to the patient’s insurance company and estimates the amount the patient will pay […]
A pilot program launched this spring by The Independence Center aims to disrupt the hospital-to-nursing-home pipeline while also reducing hospital readmission rates. “We’ve set out to prove we can transition people with disabilities out of the hospital to home after an acute episode rather than a nursing home,” said Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence […]
A decade from now, many patients will be making appointments to see a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor. That’s especially likely in rural southern Colorado, where the shortage of primary care physicians and other health practitioners is acute. According to the 2017 Access to Care index compiled by the Colorado Health Institute, the counties […]
Fall is when leaves change color, football season kicks off, and for many Coloradans, it’s when they pick their upcoming year’s benefits plan. “One of the things that is absolutely key is to think about how [employers and their] human resources team communicate open enrollment to their employees,” said Vincent Plymell, communications manager for the […]
Local health care and employee benefit experts will discuss growing health insurance costs for employers and offer solutions at an upcoming panel. “[The panel] is intended to give a sense of the landscape on employer-provided benefits in the area, particularly for small businesses,” said Andrea Baldrica, panelist and senior vice president of employee benefits at […]
It’s no secret that Colorado’s rural areas lack medical services. According to the Colorado Rural Health Center, an Aurora-based nonprofit organization that serves as Colorado’s state office of rural health, 13 Colorado counties do not have a hospital, and two counties do not have a clinic or even a single doctor. While Pikes Peak Regional […]
Local hospital pharmacy departments are working to keep a growing, nationwide issue of drug shortages from affecting patient care. “We spend an extraordinary amount of time problem-solving and coming up with ways to mitigate any drug shortages the hospital is experiencing,” said Christopher Martin, the pharmacy manager at UCHealth Memorial...
The health care sector has become America’s top hacking target, but Colorado Springs experts warn most doctors are still leaving the doors wide open for cybercriminals. Many are failing to keep up with even basic cybersecurity measures, while cybercrime organizations are launching increasingly sophisticated attacks with dire consequences. Doctors are particularly...
Freestanding emergency rooms increasingly have developed bad reputations when it comes to patient billing. Media reports nationwide have featured stories about patients, including those with insurance, visiting a freestanding ER and then receiving unexpected bills months later. In response, the Colorado Hospital Association worked with state legislators last session on passing...