Last month, Congress once again passed the buck on Medicare cuts, though this time for just 30 days. Doctors were relieved, but it makes you wonder: Was that the best approach for the rest of us? If it had acted, Medicare reimbursements to doctors would have been reduced by 23 percent. But Congress has repeatedly […]
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Technology often is touted as the cure for health care, but a Joint Commission alert warns that implementing technology could jeopardize the quality and safety of patient care. The alert urges greater attention to understanding when a technology might be applicable; choosing the right technology and understanding what impact it will have on the quality and safety of patient care.
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Chase bank has launched an interactive TV commercial that allows watchers to use their remotes to extend the commercial’s air time. For those of you that just can’t get enough of banking and credit card pitches, this might sound like a good thing, but beware, the commercials weren’t created for your viewing enjoyment alone — they’ll be used to gather socioeconomic information about your household.
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The Colorado Health Foundation will award $6 million in grants during 2008 for its Healthy Connections health information technology initiative. The money is in addition to the group’s initial investment of $2.5 million last year, and will be used to purchase software and hardware for providers caring for low-income, uninsured Coloradoans.
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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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The hardest part of Kathryn Curry’s job hasn’t been overseeing 180 employees and 1,500 clients during the past 10 years — it’s convincing families that their aging loved ones can benefit from her services. As local franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, Curry’s staff is responsible for taking care of non-medical needs for senior citizens. They cook, they clean, they run errands — and they’re involved in personal hygiene care as well.
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Shop.org says that technology used to track how consumers shop provides a variety of benefits, isn’t harmful and isn’t as widely opposed as critics claim. Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation, is recommending that the Federal Trade Commission move slowly in attempts to set voluntary guidelines for “behavioral advertising” on the Internet.
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  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering cuts for big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.   The commission is meeting Thursday in Grand Junction, where members will decide the best ways to stabilize herds.   Biologists are recommending a quota of 139,000 limited elk licenses, which represents a […]
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Cyber Monday Internet traffic hit an all -time high on the Monday after Thanksgiving. According to industry tracker comScore Networks the Web sites had a 26 percent gain in sales, reaching $608 million, compared to the same day in 2005. Growth outpaced the 3.4 percent year-over-year sales gains on Black Friday and the slight drop in sales the following day.
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Carry-out and delivery pizza chain Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza has reached Colorado Springs, off Powers Boulevard and North Carefree Circle. Owner Terry Holmes also purchased the franchise rights for all of El Paso County. He envisions opening eight to 10 more Garlic Jim’s in the area. “Colorado Springs is … one of the better places in the country to start a business right now, I think,” Holmes said.
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Three nonprofit organizations are combining resources to combat the shortage of primary care doctors in rural and urban clinics — facilities that provide care for uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents. The Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Community Health Network and the Colorado Rural Health Center have created a $6 million program that provides student loan repayment assistance to as many as 12 doctors a year who are willing to practice either in rural or urban underserved communities.
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By Erinn Callahan Stephanie Adams’ childhood dreams were made of white walls, empty space and animated discussions about beautiful concepts. Adams’ office at UCCS’ newly christened downtown campus isn’t quite the art gallery she imagined, but it still manages to tick each of those boxes. “In my new role, I have a beautiful space that […]
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