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UCHealth and Longmont Clinic Sign Letter of Intent

29 October 2014

Aurora-based University of Colorado Health has signed a letter of intent to purchase Longmont Clinic, the two announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But UCHealth spokesman Dan Weaver said it’s anticipated that the deal would be finalized by the end of the year. Longmont Clinic physicians, at their board meeting on Monday, […]

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You’ve Heard of HealthCare.gov. Now Meet HealthCare.com

29 October 2014

In just a few weeks, millions of people will be heading to the federal site HealthCare.gov to shop for medical insurance when a new open-enrollment period begins. If some of those people wind up by mistake at HealthCare.com instead, well, Jeff Smedsrud is fine with that. Smedsrud is chief executive of HealthCare.com, which holds a […]

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Some Doctors Wary of Taking Insurance Exchange Patients

28 October 2014

Now that many people finally have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some are running into a new problem: They can’t find a doctor who will take them as patients. Because these exchange plans often have lower reimbursement rates, some doctors are limiting how many new patients they take with these policies, physician […]

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Colorado Exchange Subsidies Scheduled to Drop Next Year

28 October 2014

Health-insurance premiums in Colorado may be largely flat, but subsidies for people buying insurance plans through Connect for Health Colorado will drop significantly next year. That means the majority of exchange customers may have to increase their personal contributions by more than 75 percent per month if they want to keep their current insurance plans. […]

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CDC Says People at High Risk for Ebola Should Stay Home

28 October 2014

New guidelines from the Obama administration would restrict the movement of people at high risk of Ebola but would not require mandatory quarantines. The guidelines, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, individualize recommendations for travelers based on a person’s level of risk. The issue of how to monitor travelers from […]

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Jean Barker Joins Colorado Access

28 October 2014

Jean Barker has accepted a position with Colorado Access Health Care. She will be vice president of commercial products for their Access Management Services division, Access Health Colorado. She was previously with Kaiser Permanente.

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Speculation Swirls Around what Happens if Federal Subsidies go Away

27 October 2014

New language in contracts between the CMS and insurers operating on HealthCare.gov is grabbing attention, with some calling it an admission by the government that it might lose upcoming court battles dealing with insurance subsidies on the health portal and others saying the new wording is just a practical precaution. The new language appears to […]

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Medicaid, CHIP enrollment increases significantly: 5 things to know

23 October 2014

Since October 2013, when open enrollment began on the insurance marketplaces, approximately 8.65 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to a recent CMS report. The preliminary estimates released in the report are based on enrollment data from 48 states and the District of Columbia that provided August enrollment […]

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Centura Health and Morton County Health System form Strategic Affiliation

23 October 2014

Englewood Colo.-based Centura Health and Elkhart, Kan.-based Morton County Health System have signed an affiliation agreement aimed at promoting the sharing of best practices and improving healthcare for residents of southwestern Kansas. Along with sharing best practices, the organizations will collaborate on clinician education, development and overall talent management. Read more in Becker’s Hospital Review.

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DaVita to Pay $350 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

23 October 2014

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the United States, has agreed to pay $350 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce the referral of patients to its dialysis clinics, the Justice Department announced today. DaVita is headquartered in Denver, […]

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A Great Event

The State-of-the-State Breakfast was a tremendous success. Local leaders met to discuss the future of health care in Colorado. Our presenter, pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli, shared his insights regarding how the coming elections are shaping up and what is on the minds of Coloradans generated a lively and wide-ranging conversation.
If your interest in political activity was piqued, you can stay in the know by reading the Colorado Statesman. A weekly newspaper, it is the best way to keep abreast of Colorado legislative and political news. To subscribe, call 303-837-8600 or visit www.coloradostatesman.com.
Let us know what topics you'd like to explore in future events. Drop us a comment to ahertel@hmo-info.com.

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