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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was accused of using Joe Camel, a cartoon dromedary who wore sunglasses, to attract young people to its cigarettes in the late ’80s and early ’90s. For decades, R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette companies, marketed their products via radio, television and movies, leading to a federal government crackdown on tobacco advertising, […]
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One of the biggest worries of patients going into the hospital is how much it’s going to cost them. UCHealth has created a new price estimator tool that not only includes the price of the procedure but also connects in real time to the patient’s insurance company and estimates the amount the patient will pay […]
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A pilot program launched this spring by The Independence Center aims to disrupt the hospital-to-nursing-home pipeline while also reducing hospital readmission rates. “We’ve set out to prove we can transition people with disabilities out of the hospital to home after an acute episode rather than a nursing home,” said Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence […]
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Fall is when leaves change color, football season kicks off, and for many Coloradans, it’s when they pick their upcoming year’s benefits plan. “One of the things that is absolutely key is to think about how [employers and their] human resources team communicate open enrollment to their employees,” said Vincent Plymell, communications manager for the […]
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It’s no secret that Colorado’s rural areas lack medical services. According to the Colorado Rural Health Center, an Aurora-based nonprofit organization that serves as Colorado’s state office of rural health, 13 Colorado counties do not have a hospital, and two counties do not have a clinic or even a single doctor. While Pikes Peak Regional […]
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Local hospital pharmacy departments are working to keep a growing, nationwide issue of drug shortages from affecting patient care. “We spend an extraordinary amount of time problem-solving and coming up with ways to mitigate any drug shortages the hospital is experiencing,” said Christopher Martin, the pharmacy manager at UCHealth Memorial...
The health care sector has become America’s top hacking target, but Colorado Springs experts warn most doctors are still leaving the doors wide open for cybercriminals. Many are failing to keep up with even basic cybersecurity measures, while cybercrime organizations are launching increasingly sophisticated attacks with dire consequences. Doctors are particularly...
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...
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 […]
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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...
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...
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...