Like many industries, health care in the Pikes Peak region is finding its workforce at insufficient levels to meet the community’s needs. The problem stems from the expansion of Medicaid, a rapidly growing senior population and the shrinking marketplace of primary care providers. COShealth, a partnership of local health-care and workforce...
Local Dairy Queens have partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network today for its annual Miracle Treat Day, to raise money for programs at Children's Hospital Colorado-Colorado Springs and expansion of the region’s first freestanding pediatric hospital. All day at participating locations, $1 from every blizzard sold will be donated toward the...
The operating room at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is filled with doctors and nurses who surround the patient, checking vital signs, prepping instruments and getting ready for the main event. When Dr. John Mehall enters, everything is in place. Nothing is rushed; no one hurries. There’s no wasted motion; this...
Here’s how 19th century snake-oil purveyors advertised a remedy for whatever ails you: “Hasheesh Candy, The Eastern Gunjah of Enchantment, or Oriental Exhilarant and Nervine Compound. A pleasurable and harmless stimulant confectionized for Nervousness, Debility, Confusion of Thoughts, Loss of Appetite, Depression of Spirits, Nervous Headache, Chills and Fever, Impotence,...
Since becoming law in 2014, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has dramatically changed the health care landscape in nearly every aspect — from the federal government to the smallest business.  Proponents cite increased access as a sign of the law’s efficacy, while naysayers report rising costs...
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services entered into its fourth Professional Services Agreement last week after inking a deal with Front Range Orthopaedics. The agreement was effective April 1 and the terms of the PSA included the purchase of Front Range Orthopaedics’ assets by Centura Health. Those assets, as determined by an...
Employers should use the same diligence when purchasing employee health care that they exercise when buying supplies and other services. That’s the message from a health care seminar presented last week by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Colorado Business Group on Health, a nonprofit coalition of Colorado...
Doctors - from internists to specialists - are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because...
Peak Vista Community Health Centers is now accepting applications through midnight March 31 for the first cohort of fellows in its 12-month Advanced Practice Registered Nurse primary care fellowship, slated to begin September 2015. "I believe Advanced Practice Nurse fellowships will soon become the norm for these graduating professionals,” said Michael...
According to data released by Connect for Health Colorado, the state-run health insurance exchange, El Paso County residents receive an average monthly tax credit of $304.30 and county residents account for 13,371 enrollees. Denver County leads the state with 23,530 enrollees while Delta County leads the state in average...
The Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group in Denver released results from its annual Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Dec. 27, revealing employers predict health cost benefits to increase 7.6 percent on average in 2017 . Over the last two months, the independent insurance brokerage firm surveyed 280 employers in the state...
Health care deserts — places where people face significant barriers to care, clinics and doctors — are normally associated with major cities like Detroit, St. Louis or Atlanta. But depending on where you live, finding medical treatment can be a problem in Colorado Springs as well. Data compiled through the...