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 [before plan design changes]. Over the last two months, the independent insurance brokerage firm surveyed 280 employers in the state — roughly […]
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Despite overseeing a state with one of the nation’s strongest economies, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recently released 2017-18 budget proposal includes a $500 million shortfall that, in theory, will be balanced by cuts to Medicaid funding through the state’s Hospital Provider Fee. The fee, paid for by hospitals, is matched...
More than 300 Children’s Hospital Colorado staff, patients and community leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 16 to mark the official start of construction on Colorado Springs’ first free-standing hospital specializing in pediatric care. The five-level facility will be constructed on UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North campus, between Briargate Parkway and N. Union Boulevard, and include a neonatal […]
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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 organizations, is a spin-off […]
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Of all the amendments spelled out in this year’s 2016 state ballot information booklet, Amendment 69, the single-payer amendment, has by far the most pages devoted to its explanation. The unusual amount of space needed to break down the ballot question exemplifies its complexity. The amendment would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system […]
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Workshops planned to help customers navigate system Fall foliage and crisp weather aren’t the only signs of autumn. Those who are Medicare-eligible should take note: Open enrollment begins this weekend (Oct. 15) and will run through Dec. 7 for those 65 or older. That means decisions must be made regarding the seemingly infinite Medicare options […]
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For those deciding between employer-provided insurance and shopping the marketplace, this can be a daunting time of year. “I saw in a recent study that people don’t like choosing health plans,” said Minneapolis-based Craig Hankins, vice president of digital products for UnitedHealthcare. “They’d rather go to the dentist or do taxes than choose a health […]
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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 care of Colorado Springs children […]
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There are many benefits as the worlds of medicine and technology continue to merge, but the future of medicine also brings with it an array of ethical questions. James Corbett, senior vice president of community health and values integration at Centura Health, said bioethics has reached the intersection of law, technology and medicine. The growing […]
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Because of technology, humans have reached the end of average. Health care advances will increasingly democratize and simplify medicine, but with new ethical challenges, according to a group of health care experts who spoke at Centura Health’s Future of Medicine conference last week at The Broadmoor. The conference featured some of the nation’s most famous […]
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Simplicity can be the best medicine, says Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. For more than three decades, Ornish has directed clinical research that indicates comprehensive lifestyle changes can reverse a range of diseases. With a whole foods plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress management through […]
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“The majority of the country’s population has a doctor in their pocket,” says Dr. Eric Topol, best-selling author and a leading practitioner of digital medicine who was recently voted the No. 1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare. He was also named one of GQ’s 12 […]
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