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Health care reform kicks in for good in 2014, but this is the year that businesses have to keep meticulous records — because those records definitely will make a difference on next year’s tax returns. The paperwork for tax credits based on premiums paid by companies has been in the...
Charges for procedures at Colorado’s hospitals vary wildly across the state — and even within cities. And no one really can explain why. What health care experts and consumer advocates do know: Some hospitals charge vastly more money for the same procedures, and it’s not necessarily the smaller, independently run hospitals...
Hospitals across the state are bracing for billions in financial losses, thanks to sequestration and a series of other federal budget cuts. While some cuts were expected and planned for, sequestration was not – and hospitals are struggling to figure out how to deal with the loss of revenue. For...
Leo Kattari has to go to the doctor every three months for blood tests, and he takes biweekly testosterone shots. Although he has health insurance through his job, the policy covered none of the checkups, lab tests or medicines. “I spend about $200, $300 every time I go to the...
The new medical director at El Paso County Public Health has been in Colorado Springs for only eight months, but he’s been busy. Dr. Bill Letson views his job as the chance to prevent sickness and death from various diseases. Early disease prevention, he says, is the most cost-effective way...
Pam McManus often wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to figure out new ways to get more people seen at Peak Vista Community Health Centers. The safety-net clinic has a waiting list of about 6,000 people — and that’s after McManus has whittled away at the 8,000...
In an uncertain health care environment, industry experts are sure about one forecast: An aging population will impact services, providers and payers like never before. But exactly how much it will stress the industry — and in what ways — is still unknown, those same experts say. Health care groups...
Jill Law had just been named the permanent executive director of El Paso County Public Health in June when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out, reducing hundreds of homes to ashes, killing two people and leaving thousands without electricity. Even though she was evacuated — as was the health department itself —...
Mike Scialdone has steered Memorial Health System during the highs and lows of the past four years.
James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora movie theater, was seeing a psychiatrist at the time of the July 20 attack. If he’d been in Colorado Springs, chances are he wouldn’t have gotten even that much help. That’s because mental-health experts say healthy...
America’s health-care system is broken — and physicians are in a unique position to help repair it. That’s the mission behind an 18-month-old nonprofit, the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, which wants to turn doctors into innovators. The nonprofit went from 50 people in a meeting room at the University of Colorado...
University of Colorado Health hasn’t officially started running Memorial Health System, but Memorial already is benefiting from the association. After downgrading Memorial’s outlook to negative in March, Moody’s Investors Service is giving the three-hospital group an upgraded A3 bond rating and a stable outlook. University of Colorado Health has an...