The most common theme in 2017 among major health care providers in Colorado Springs was preparing for a rapidly growing community by adding significantly more infrastructure. Hundreds of millions of dollars were budgeted this year to ready Children’s Hospital Colorado, UCHealth Memorial and Penrose-St. Francis for the delivery of care in the near and distant […]
Sometimes great discoveries come from not knowing where to look. ISSAC Corp., a Springs-based advanced data analytics and system-of-systems engineering firm, recently made its first foray into big data analysis for the medical world — and ended up in the famed British Journal of Cancer. ISSAC’s analysis revealed important new findings...
When the last straw came, Dr. Aaron Fraser was seeing 120 patients a week for 5-7 minutes each. He was putting 40 hours a week on the timesheet but unofficially working more than 60. He had some of the best patient satisfaction rates at the Air Force Academy — and...
A visit to the homepage of healthcare.gov, the official site of the Affordable Care Act, makes no mention of its possible unraveling thanks to the American Health Care Act. The Republican counterproposal to the Affordable Care Act survived a House vote last week, and the bill must now face a vote of the Senate, and […]
The Colorado Springs Planning Commission approved a bundle of agenda items last week that will allow Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to move yet another step closer to building a third hospital campus, this one at the northeast corner of West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard — a project that isn’t sitting well with some area […]
According to data released by Connect for Health Colorado, the state-run health insurance exchange, El Paso County residents receive an average monthly tax credit of $304.30 and county residents account for 13,371 enrollees. Denver County leads the state with 23,530 enrollees while Delta County leads the state in average monthly tax credits at just more […]
Scientists found fluorinated chemicals in about a third of take-out food packaging samples tested, according to an academic paper released earlier this week by the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Previous research has shown these chemicals can migrate from packaging into the food that customers eat. The nine authors of the paper included scientists […]
Recent stumbles over financiers and cuts in Medicare funding do not reflect the overall health of one of the region’s largest employers, said Penrose-St. Francis Health Services CEO Margaret Sabin, who emphasized the system’s financial fitness and records in both revenue and patient volume during the past year. The stumbles include delayed expansion at its […]
UCHealth has, for the last year and a half, undergone a behind-the-scenes rebranding effort, which launched Feb. 1. The launch includes a new logo that will gradually replace existing signage, to include those adorning both Memorial campuses in Colorado Springs. The rebranding was meant to unify the organization and “inspire people both internally and externally,” […]
While 2016 went in the books as one of the most aggressive years for regional health care expansion planning, Centura’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will — at least in part — be playing catch-up in 2017. Last year posed funding challenges for Catholic Health Initiatives, financier of Centura’s planned Colorado Springs projects, including a $100 […]
The Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group in Denver released results from its annual Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Dec. 27, revealing employers predict health cost benefits to increase 7.6 percent on average in 2017 [before plan design changes]. Over the last two months, the independent insurance brokerage firm surveyed 280 employers in the state — roughly […]
Despite overseeing a state with one of the nation’s strongest economies, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recently released 2017-18 budget proposal includes a $500 million shortfall that, in theory, will be balanced by cuts to Medicaid funding through the state’s Hospital Provider Fee. The fee, paid for by hospitals, is matched...