More than half of small businesses do not offer a company health care plan to employees, according to a survey conducted by online payroll service SurePayroll. Owners say that offering insurance is too expensive, the survey said, with 32 percent fewer small businesses indicating they offer health insurance than during 2006. “The cost of doing business is going up — health insurance premiums are going up.
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.
Employer-based health insurance coverage has declined for the sixth year in a row. The Economic Policy Institute reports that about 59 percent of Americans were covered by employer-based insurance last year, nearly 2.3 million fewer than during 2000. The percentage of children covered by employer-based insurance also was 59 percent, but 2.4 million fewer children were covered during 2006 than during 2000, and public health insurance programs no longer offset these losses.
The Governor’s Commission on Health Care Reform performed its final task yesterday — presenting the findings it gathered during 2007 to the General Assembly. Health care analysts say the legislature will consider a range of bills, but Gov. Bill Ritter has said that no comprehensive reform — which would likely require approval from voters — will occur during 2008. So, the state will move slowly on health care reform based on the proposals outlined by the commission.
Colorado will soon have one of the largest health care information networks in the country. A grant from the Federal Communications Commission will allow the Colorado Hospital Association to develop a telehealth network. The FCC award provides up to $4.6 million in federal money over three years. When combined with a similar FCC award to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, $9.8 million will be made available for the initiative.
Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association and six of the state’s economic development entities marketed Colorado as a desirable medical device manufacturing hub during the 24th annual Medical Device & Manufacturing West Expo last month. More than 16,000 product development professionals attended the industry’s largest event.
“I think the insurance companies are lobbying so heavily at that level, it will be left up to the states,” she said. While the principles set up by the small-business group are laudable, she doesn’t believe reform will be comprehensive.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
A decade from now, many patients will be making appointments to see a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor. That’s especially likely in rural southern Colorado, where the shortage of primary care physicians and other health practitioners is acute. According to the 2017 Access to Care index compiled by the Colorado Health Institute, the counties […]
As the population of older Coloradans increases, the senior living industry is providing more choices. The Pikes Peak region has seen a lot of growth in large, private-pay, corporate-backed assisted living communities, where residents occupy small apartments and have access to on-site dining services and a range of amenities. Options for in-home care, such as […]