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Dr. Mark A. Levine to Retire from CMS

19 April 2017

Chief Medical Officer for Region VIII of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Mark Levine, has announced his plans to retire at the end of April.   For thirteen years, he has served Region VIII which includes the five states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.    As CMO, Dr. […]

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Final Market Stabilization Rule for ACA Markets

19 April 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued it final rule for 2018 market stabilization for the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state exchange insurance markets.  Stabilizing individual markets is the key to the sustainability of the ACA.   The rule includes several changes that had been under consideration by the former administration including:  1. a […]

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Bill Aiding Rural Families with Health Insurance Premiums Passes House

19 April 2017

With a bipartisan vote of 42-22, the Colorado House of Representatives has passed and sent on to the Senate a bill that will provide subsidies for health insurance coverage for middle-income rural families.  The measure which is being identified as a temporary relief program would help rural families, residing in high premium sector of the […]

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Healthcare Organizations Lobby for Cost Sharing Reductions Funding

19 April 2017

Seven major healthcare associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have jointly sent letters to the President of the United State and Congressional Leaders expressing their universal appeal that the Congress and the President quickly act to stabilize the individual health insurance market by shoring up and funding the “Cost Sharing Reduction” program of the […]

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Affiliation Between SCL Health & St. Francis Health in Topeka to End Soon

19 April 2017

SCL Health has announced that its affiliation with St. Francis Health in Topeka, Kansas will end this summer.   The hospital network sites losses over the last five years in the $117 million range. Over the last two years, SCL Health has been strategizing to find a solution to the facility’s financial problems that doesn’t close […]

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UnitedHealth Groups Profits Up in 1Q with Little ACA Presence

19 April 2017

UnitedHealth Group has reported increased revenue and profit for the first quarter of 2017.  Following losses in 2015 and 2016 of over $1 billion on the ACA exchanges, the corporation’s pulled back from its 34 state exchange offerings to offerings in only three states this year played a role. First quarter operating earnings were up […]

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MEETING OF INTEREST: “Access & Repeal-Implications of Federal Choices for Colorado

19 April 2017

The Denver Medical Study Group will be holding its next luncheon conversation on Wednesday, April 26, 12 noon – 2p.m. at the COPIC Offices – 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver.  Michele Lueck, CEO & President of Colorado Health Institute, and Joe Hanel, Manager of Public Policy Outreach at CHI, will share their thoughts on “Access and […]

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New CFO at Melissa Memorial Hospital

19 April 2017

Wes White has accepted the position of chief financial officer for Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke.  He is a native of western Colorado and has been actively involved in health care financing for more than 30 years.  He most recently worked at Teton Valley Health Care in Briggs, Idaho.  He takes over from Jason McCormick […]

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Colorado Business Group on Health Unveils New Education Platform

12 April 2017

The Colorado Business Group on Health has developed an online education platform to benefit individuals responsible for human-resource management within their companies.  The platform is made up of educational modules that will be eligible for continuing education credits.  Course topics are designed as learning tools for participants to be better informed consumers of health insurance […]

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Bill to Fund Rural Colorado Passes First Hurdle

12 April 2017

Senate Bill 267,  the Sustainability of Rural Colorado proposed legislation has passed out of the Senate Finance Committee with a 4-1 vote in favor of further review.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Minority Leader Licia Guzman (D-Denver). The bill is intended to restore funding for hospitals scheduled […]

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