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Medicaid spending will double in a decade, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Medicaid is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States. The study projects Medicaid spending growth will average about 7.9 percent from 2007 to 2017. However, the report does not consider the current economy, and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said government expenses could be higher.
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Irene Dollar was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013. The cancer soon spread to the Ordway resident’s lymph nodes in her left armpit. It was then that Dollar’s physician, Dr. Laura Pomerenke at Memorial Hospital, approached her with the possibility of participating in a clinical trial. “They mentioned that they were going to try […]
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  WellPoint Inc. shareholders rejected a call for more disclosure about the health insurer’s political contributions Wednesday during a shout-filled, contentious annual meeting.   Union representatives and other protesters repeatedly interrupted Chairwoman and CEO Angela Braly after she opened the meeting and introduced proposals for shareholder voting. One person presented a petition she said was […]
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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was certified as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, the main accrediting body for hospitals in the nation. The certification follows an on-site review last May and recognizes the hospital’s cohesive approach to foster better outcomes for stroke patients, said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis. […]
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Rooftops lure businesses. Apparently they also attract health care systems. In a few years, north Colorado Springs will be home to three medical campuses: UCHealth Memorial North; Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs; and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services’ third medical campus. Denver-based Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners announced in a Feb. 14 news release that Centura, […]
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After years of discussion, task-force and commission meetings and closed-door talks, the Colorado Springs City Council is preparing to ask voters  whether to lease Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Hospital. City Council will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the Blue River Boardroom on the fifth floor […]
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Insurance premiums in Colorado will rise by double digits for the seventh year in a row during 2008. The Lockton Co. of Colorado reports that the average increase is 12.9 percent, higher than national levels. More than 88 percent of employers plan to pass along some portion of the rate increase to their employees. While insurance premiums continue to experience double-digit increases, the average merit pay increase is 3.5 percent.
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Memorial Health System’s nurse staffing levels, among the highest in the nation, could be at risk if the three-hospital network is sold to a for-profit hospital. Experts say higher nurse-patient ratios help prevent deaths in hospitals and generally yield better patient health outcomes. Patients tend to suffer more complications such as pressure-related ulcers and hospital-acquired […]
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A second executive will be leaving Memorial Health System, according to a press release sent out by the hospital. Carm Moceri, who has been with the health system since 2008, will leave because his position as chief strategy officer is being eliminated. Hospital officials said the position was being eliminated as a result of the […]
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Uncompensated care has been a drag on Memorial Health System’s bottom line for years, but that could change once the Obama administration’s health care reforms take effect and more people become insured. Assuming a best-case scenario, the two-hospital system’s performance could improve by as much as $33 million a year under the legislation passed by […]
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The 22nd annual Bike to Work Day corporate challenge winners will each receive the honor of their name placed on a Dero Bike Fixit stand, according to a Mountain Metropolitan Transit news release. Five winners will be selected based on participation relative to company or organization size. The five stands will be placed throughout the […]
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Penrose Health Center’s trauma center has earned verification as a Level II Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Traumas Verification/?Consultation Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers which provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also pre-hospital and rehabilitation treatment. The verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing trauma care for all injured patients.
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