Questions about Layoffs and a medical campus dominated a public meeting yesterday about the future of  Memorial Health System. Centura Health pledged $1.5 million a year for the medical school campus, and Memorial board chairman Jim Moore said he thought a new, independent nonprofit Memorial would match that money. That means that Colorado Springs would […]
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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.
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Software piracy affects the Colorado economy, eliminates local jobs and damages local industries. During 2003, piracy cost the Colorado economy more than 2,100 jobs, more than $122 million in wages and salaries, more than $178 million in retail sales of business software applications and about $29 million in taxes. During 2006, the U.S. software industry lost $7.3 billion as a result of software piracy, an increase of $400 million compared to the previous year.
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Barbara Cronin has been named the interim executive director for SET Family Medical Clinics. She will replace Zelna Joseph, who resigned earlier this month after five years as president and CEO. “Zelna’s active involvement in the Colorado Springs community helped lead SET to a number of significant accomplishments over the years,” said Mike Scialdone, chairman […]
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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.
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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.
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The commercial office real estate market seems to have leveled off after a busy 2007, which means an increase in rental rates. Steve Bach of Bach Real Estate Partners reports that metro office leasing and absorption are both down as of 2007 year end, compared to 2006. The real vacancy rate, in contrast, is closer […]
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The General Data Protection Regulation has 88 pages, 99 articles and a greater impact on U.S.-based businesses than you might think. It’s the biggest overhaul of Europe’s data security rules in two decades, and when it takes effect May 25, companies worldwide will be impacted by a web of stringent rules covering consumer consent, data […]
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Fall is when leaves change color, football season kicks off, and for many Coloradans, it’s when they pick their upcoming year’s benefits plan. “One of the things that is absolutely key is to think about how [employers and their] human resources team communicate open enrollment to their employees,” said Vincent Plymell, communications manager for the […]
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As a business, who should you trust? Which companies are you confident won’t lose your customers’ information to cybercriminals, or leave a virtual back door open for hackers? Mark Bristow, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Hunt & Incident Response Team with the Department of Homeland Security, says businesses make a critical […]
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A new website aims to help expand the area’s economic vitality by combining two of Colorado Springs’ core industries — medical care and tourism. “When working to increase visitor impact, we look at three factors: bringing more visitors, enticing them to stay longer and encouraging them to spend more,” said Amy Long, chief innovation officer […]
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The Partnership for a Healthy Colorado has launched a Web site, www.healthypartnership.org, and a radio advertising campaign to highlight health care reform and attempt to engage people in the health care reform process. The push comes as the governor’s commission on health care reform is preparing to meet a January deadline to report to the legislature about proposals for reforming the state’s health care system.
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