Bloodless surgery seems counter-intuitive, but cardiovascular surgeons at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services make it routine in doing their jobs. Doing so, they say, saves money and lives. “Whenever you have to use blood transfusions, you increase the chance the patient will die,” said Dr. John Mehall, who is part of the...
Rocky Mountain Health Plans won a Gold Leaf award from the Colorado healthcare Communicators for its health education campaign. The award was given to marketing budgets under $10,000, and RMHP won for its "Make the rest of your life, the best of your life" campaign. The panel of marketing an dpublic...
Several years ago the Institute of Medicine, health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. health care: Many Americans get too much; at the same time, others get too little. And both groups have a good chance of receiving care that could injure or...
The Body Mass Index scale is not an accurate measure for obesity - at least according to an article in the British Journal of Nutrition. The study shows that the number used to indicate weight category does not reflect the "same amount of body fat for some races compared to...
Coloradoans say that improving the health, education and well-being of children are the most important issues facing the federal and state government, according to a poll of registered voters commissioned by the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Colorado Medical Society.
Colorado's Senior Medicare Patrol is tough on Medicare fraud and was recently recognized for its efforts. The Colorado Division of Insurance’s Senior Medicare Patrol received three national awards for its role in combating Medicare fraud. Colorado was recognized for being among the states with the highest number of Medicare fraud cases...
A federal study shows that the U.S. government will contribute almost 50 percent of the nation’s health-care costs within 10 years, 5 percent more than it is currently supplying, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government’s expanding role stems from the expansion of Medicare to include prescription drugs, cutbacks in employer-sponsored health coverage and initiatives such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Journal reported.
Small businesses and individuals have a new and different option for health insurance, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act. The recently approved Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative is a consumer-driven company. Insured members will make up the majority of the board, and will direct much of the decision-making process...
The move toward online health records has taken a big step forward. Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente plan to test a program that will provide information transfers from Kaiser’s health manager to Microsoft’s consumer health platform. The pilot program is expected to create strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.
While 2016 went in the books as one of the most aggressive years for regional health care expansion planning, Centura’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will — at least in part — be playing catch-up in 2017. Last year posed funding challenges for Catholic Health Initiatives, financier of Centura’s planned Colorado...
Cuts to Social Security and Medicare could increase poverty among older people in Colorado. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 15 percent of people over the age of 65 have incomes below the supplemental poverty level and 7 percent living in below the official Federal poverty threshold. Supplemental poverty levels take...
Adult obesity rates continue to rise in 37 states, including Colorado. But the state is still the thinnest in the nation, according to a report from Trust for America’s Health. The annual survey shows that no state posted a decrease in its rates. Mississippi, as in other surveys, ranked highest at 31.7 percent, while Colorado was lowest at 18.4 percent. Despite the lowest ranking in the nation, Colorado’s rate grew from 17.6 percent during a single year.