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 Senate Bill 18-146, which […]
Nurses on the job hunt might be surprised to discover Pueblo pays better, on average, than Colorado Springs. “The cost of living also is much more reasonable in Pueblo compared to the Springs,” said Karren Kowalski, president and CEO of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. Attracting nurses is more important than ever as medical […]
Halfway through Dr. Sean Donahue’s shift in the emergency room, another call comes in for an opioid overdose. It’s the third of the night for the UCHealth Memorial Hospital emergency medicine physician. “It was all those overdoses and car wrecks with victims caused by drivers using narcotics, like almost two or three a shift, that […]
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is kicking off a new strategic plan for Colorado Springs, reassessing whether it needs to build the new hospital planned for its Fillmore Street site, completing a $102 million expansion at St. Francis Medical Center, and seeking a new CEO. It’s a big year. Interim CEO Brian Erling, appointed after longtime […]
The days of Baby Boomers being the largest demographic in the U.S. are coming to an end, as the Millennial population is projected to surpass the older generation in the next year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The shift likely will trigger changes in several industries, including health care, because of vast generational differences. […]
The head of Colorado’s Division of Insurance is working to guarantee residents retain certain health insurance benefits. Earlier this month, Interim Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor about proposed rule changes with association health plans. “What we are mostly concerned with is we don’t want to take a […]
This year’s relentless flu season could cost U.S. employers more than $9 billion in lost productivity, and a loose estimate pegs potential costs to business in El Paso County at around $15 million. Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Atlanta-based National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media […]
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 […]