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Technology often is touted as the cure for health care, but a Joint Commission alert warns that implementing technology could jeopardize the quality and safety of patient care. The alert urges greater attention to understanding when a technology might be applicable; choosing the right technology and understanding what impact it will have on the quality and safety of patient care.
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The Colorado Springs Innovations for Aging Collaborative is preparing to meet the baby boomer wave that’s about to wash over El Paso County. The collaborative is hosting a workshop April 21 at Colorado College’s Worner Campus Center. The objective of the meeting is to identify a project related to aging that the community can rally […]
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Colorado’s children get a D+ for health and wellness. The D+ this year is a drop from last year’s barely passing grade of C- and shows that the biggest declines in health statewide are in children’s health. From third place just a few years ago, the state now ranks 23. In addition, Colorado remains in […]
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HealthOne isn’t going to accept defeat quietly. After learning this morning that their bid was not chosen by the City Council-led task force to lease Memorial Health System, the health care giant said the process was completed too quickly and the task force “rushed to judgment.” The task force unanimously chose the University of Colorado […]
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What happens if the Memorial Health System ballot initiative fails Tuesday? There’s really no Plan B. Organizers of the lease agreement say that leasing Memorial to University of Colorado Health is the available option. And while failure to approve the lease wouldn’t be completely catastrophic, it would be damaging for the hospital and for staff. […]
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As a state, Colorado residents are thinner than the rest of the nation, but binge drink more often and many don’t get their children immunized. That’s the news from Health Rankings America, a national nonprofit that has compared the health of the nation for more than 20 years. Colorado’s always ranked high on the list […]
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Memorial Health System ranks highest in Colorado for cardiac care, cardiology services, cardiac surgery and coronary interventional procedures, according to the HealthGrades report. The study is the largest of its kind and analyzed patient outcomes at 5,000 hospitals during 2004, 2005 and 2006. The report ranked Memorial among the top 5 percent for cardiac care and gave it five stars for coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures and treatment of heart attacks.
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The latest analysis released by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform shows that streamlining administrative procedures could save the state nearly $170 million. The commission identified strategies for simplifying the administrative process: require all health plans to issue ID cards that conform to nationally accepted standards streamline the provider credentialing process simplify eligibility […]
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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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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is closing their health learning center gym, which provides exercise services to senior citizens who are undergoing rehabilitation after heart attacks or strokes or who suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes. It’s the only medically supervised gym of its kind in the state.  And the 450 clients are so upset about […]
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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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A cloud is forming over Memorial Health System’s finances: lower patient volumes. So far, Memorial has been able to balance the trend — down 4 percent from last year and an additional 2 percent from the figure budgeted for this year — by lowering expenses. Eventually, though, layoffs and fewer services could be in the […]
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