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With more than 600,000 people projected to call Colorado Springs home by 2040, and El Paso County’s population expected to swell to nearly 1 million, 2020 is a pivotal year for the region’s dynamic health care landscape. “Our city, our region and our state are growing and seeing development and expansion and success like never […]
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The unprecedented growth seen during the last few years in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region — indeed, the entire state — showed no signs of slowing in 2019, and neither did its health care industry. “We are so committed to … growing with our city, not for the sake of growth, but for […]
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A recent survey revealing that two-thirds of Colorado voters are dissatisfied with the current health insurance system comes as no surprise to local health care professionals. Less obvious, however, is what changes are needed to fix that system. Nearly half — 45 percent — of the 650 active voters surveyed statewide in early November said health […]
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The state’s Medicaid system, operated by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, recently came under fire from a group of hospital executives who represent more than 80 percent of hospital care in the state. In a Nov. 21 letter to Gov. Jared Polis and HCPF, the executives wrote that state Medicaid policies […]
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Cecilia was 1 year old when her parents noticed she was struggling to walk, and had bruising on her body. Her mother took her for an X-ray, and the doctor recommended a blood test, “just in case.” They were called back before they even got home: Cecilia had leukemia. She was...
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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