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The number of Coloradans without health insurance has remained perennially low in the years since key provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect. But a new report suggests those numbers belie more complex barriers Coloradans are facing when it comes to getting health insurance — issues that come as no surprise to local health […]
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By J. Adrian Stanley Capitated payments. Value-based care. Fee-for-service. While they have wonky names, health care payment models — how your health insurer pays your doctor, or the group/company that your doctor works for or contracts with — have a tremendous impact on the quality of care you receive and bills mailed to you afterward. […]
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Three years ago, Sara Kelly — a then-new divorcée with a “gypsy soul” — packed all her worldly possessions into her car and set off for Richmond, Va., the first stop on a journey that has taken her through six states. “I’ve been up the East Coast,” Kelly said. “Last summer I was in Cape […]
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Four decades working in the construction industry has solidified Jim Johnson’s opinion when it comes to substance abuse among his employees. “I’ve seen it at all job-site levels,” said Johnson, president and CEO of GE Johnson Construction Co. “Drinking was more what I could see because I obviously wasn’t aware, and still am not very […]
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For the nearly 1.4 million Coloradans who are enrolled in Medicaid, a salary increase can mean the loss of critical health insurance. Sometimes this fear can keep participants from pursuing employment, or even force them to limit their weekly hours to stay below the income threshold. However, Jaime Harrell, independent living program manager at The […]
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During her 12 years of teaching Pikes Peak Community College’s aspiring pharmacy technicians, Nicole Barriera has started every semester with the same caveat. “We talk about how the state of Colorado doesn’t regulate,” said Barriera, chair of PPCC’s pharmacy technician program. “That’s scary because, in theory, [students] could walk out of my class and be […]
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Cory Arcarese never intended to grow a massive health care organization when she founded Value Care Health Clinic in 2014. However, it wasn’t long before she realized the needs of residents in Southeast Colorado Springs — where the clinic was located, at 1050 S. Academy Blvd. — would one day outstrip her own capabilities. “I […]
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A small wooden sign reading “Glover Family Medicine” is the only indication that the Deer Creek Road suite in Monument houses a doctor’s office. The sign is easily lost among a cardboard cutout of an apple tree — complete with mushrooms growing near its roots — a framed Georgia O’Keeffe painting, and a counter fully […]
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Dr. Julie Marmon, one of three owners at ER Specialists Urgency Center, will never claim superiority to a fellow physician. However, she does believe the Royal Pine Drive center’s business model affords her patients some distinct advantages. “Because of the way we’ve manipulated our environment and said, ‘I am not OK that patients get 12 […]
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Colorado hospitals are backing legislation that will increase their financial transparency. “We recognize the importance of financial transparency to policy- and decision-makers at the state level,” said Julie Lonborg, vice president of communications and media relations for the Colorado Hospital Association. “A lot of people, I think, expected us not to support this bill, and […]
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When people reach out in need of mental health care, they’re likely experiencing some sort of crisis. “And the longer they have to wait to see a provider, the more susceptible they become to struggling with the mental health issues they have and/or suicidal ideations,” said Kirsten Belaire, director of behavioral health at Mt. Carmel […]
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GE Johnson Construction Co., one of Colorado Springs’ largest employers, is tackling the problem of substance abuse by offering a new coaching program for employees and their loved ones who are fighting addiction. The company partnered with the Denver nonprofit Face It TOGETHER in December to provide the coaching program, the first company in Colorado […]
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