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CEO of SCL Health Moves On

Mike Slubowski,  president and CEO of SCL Health in Broomfield, has tendered his resignation  to return to his former employer, Trinity Health headquartered in Livonia, Michigan.  He will serve as president and COO of Trinity Health, an expansive Catholic health care delivery system with 93 hospitals  in 22 states. Slubowski oversaw the transition and relocation […]

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Colorado’s Health Care System – 6th in Nation

The Commonwealth Fund has ranked Colorado in sixth place among the states in its overall health system performance.  Sixth place represents a five state just from the last ranking on the “health care scorecard” where Colorado was in eleventh place among the states and the District of Columbia.  The survey typically evaluates change over a […]

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Dispatch Health’s Approach to Senior Health Care

Dispatch Health, the on-demand urgent care service that comes to your location, has redefined the on-demand model to service patients in senior living and home health environments. With a burgeoning senior population that will double from its 2012 census count of 43.1 million by 2050, the demand for urgent care services to serve this senior […]

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“Hospital Provider Fee” Revision Bill Pulled

New legislation designed to restructure the “Hospital Provider Fee” from its current form has been taken out of consideration by one of its authors.  Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman of Denver is in conversation with President Pro-tem of the Senate Jerry Sonnenberg to reintroduce legislation that would be a bipartisan fix. New legislation is likely […]

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CMS Delays Bundled Payment Pilots

According to the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed several of its bundled payment pilots.  It has held up the expansion of the bundled payment pilot, “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement”.  In addition, it has delayed the start of its bundled payment program for cardiac care which was scheduled […]

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Dividends to be Distributed by Pinnacol Assurance

Pinnacol Assurance will be distributing dividend checks to its policy holders for a second year in a row.  The distribution amount will be $50 million up from a $20 million distribution in 2016.   It is estimated that 94 percent of policy holders will receive a refund.  For these qualified recipients the per policyholder average is […]

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Five Colo. Hospitals Among Best at Nurse-Patient Communication

Five Colorado Hospitals were ranked among the best in a national survey that reviewed communication evaluations from patients on their hospital nurses.  The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey reviewed CMS Hospital Compare data for a one year period ending in March 2016, the most recent data available. The five top […]

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Block Grants Proposed for Medicaid

Seema Verma, founder and president of national health consulting company SVC, has been sworn in as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.    Her healthcare consulting career included Medicaid transformation projects in several state. As a first order of business following her swearing-in ceremony, Verma and HHS Secretary Tom Price have  sent a […]

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SnapShot’s on spring break. See you next week.

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Affordable Care Act – Revised

House Republicans revealed on Monday, March 6, their long awaited replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill is titled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and at 70 pages is significantly smaller than its predecessor. As originally presented before committee review, highlights include: the repeal of  individual mandates; employer mandates; and subsidies for […]

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