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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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Kidney-care provider DaVita Inc. says it expects to create 200 jobs by establishing a call center and a clinical-research center in the metro area. DaVita Clinical Research says the new facilities will add medical, technical and scientific jobs to the area. The call center will focus on finding kidney-dialysis services for patients.
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Karl Falk, 38, owns Summit Mitigation Services, a national leader in the sales and servicing of non-performing loans. The company’s niche is helping various entities with short sales — getting financial institutions to take less than what’s owed on real estate loans. Back in the 1980s, when 4 percent of real estate loans went into […]
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Is Colorado’s hospital provider fee a tax or not? The answer will determine not only the future of the fee, but also future spending for education and transportation within the state. The hospital provider fee, allowed by the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act and overseen by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was […]
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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, […]
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A new health care reform Web site, provides politicians’ viewpoints on the subject, as well as opinion, news and analysis aimed at increasing the dialogue about health care. The site, www.reformplans.com, plans to facilitate a “broad discussion” of the issues through an outline of various health care reform proposals, and features a plan comparison grid […]
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Denver-based DaVita Healthcare Partners announced Wednesday that it is in the process of acquiring Colorado Springs Health Partners, a group with more than 130 providers and 11 locations in the Pikes Peak region. A news release issued by the Fortune 500 company Wednesday gave little detail as to the terms of the acquisition, which it […]
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Colorado Springs Fire Department has created a new approach to combat the rising volume of calls – a mobile two-person squad based outside a fire station. Similar plans have been instituted in places such as Seattle and Miami-Dade County, Fla. The Springs’ first two-man squad responds to the Knob Hill neighborhood, near Platte and Circle. […]
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Memorial Health System saw an increase in its profit margin of $3.9 million, slightly ahead of budget expectations. But overall, it lost $10 million in May, due to unrealized losses in the stock market, said interim CEO Mike Scialdone. Scialdone highlighted Memorial’s financial performance in his monthly presentation to the Colorado Springs City Council. Year-to-date, […]
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New clinic

The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has opened a health clinic for city employees. The goal is to lower health insurance claims for the city, while also giving nursing students the opportunity for hands-on learning. The clinic is designed to assist with acute and episodic health care needs, as well as wellness promotion, […]
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Gov. Bill Ritter unveiled his proposal to address the state’s health care reform needs yesterday. The proposed package is called “Building Blocks for Health Care Reform,” and details plans to contain costs, improve access and expand availability of health care in the state. The plan does not address ways to provide health coverage to all […]
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The delay and indecision about Memorial Health System is hurting Penrose St. Fancis, too, CEO Margaret Sabin said. Doctors and staff from Memorial made the same complaint about their hospital to City Council a few weeks ago. While Penrose has seen its share of the market increase about 4 percent in the last year, Sabin […]
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