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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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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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Rocky Mountain Health Plans & UnitedHealthcare – Unite

Eight months after first announced, the merger between UnitedHealthcare and Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) was officially sealed on March 2, 2017.    UnitedHealthcare will pay $36 million for RMHP.    As a nonprofit at the time of sale, proceeds will be funneled to Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation to support its missions. The merger […]

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Five Colo. Hospitals among Truven Health Analytics- “2017- 100 Top Hospitals”

Five Colorado hospitals have been included in the 2017 edition of Truven Health Analytics’ “100 Top Hospitals”.   The survey stratifies hospitals by five peer comparison groups:  major teaching, teaching, large community, medium community, and small community hospitals. This year’s recognitions went to University of Colorado Hospital – Aurora in the major teaching category;  Poudre Valley […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas Starzl

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, known as “the father of modern transplantation” for his groundbreaking work at the University of Colorado performing  liver transplants, passed away at 90 years of age at his home in Pittsburgh.   Dr. Starzl performed the first human liver transplant in 1963 and the first successful human liver transplant in 1967, both […]

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Three Colo. Orgs. among Becker’s “2017 Great Places to Work”

Three Colorado healthcare organizations are included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 national edition of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare”.    UCHealth and DaVita HealthCare Partners were recognized once again.  Both were included in the 2016 edition of the list.  New to the list is the Denver-based, national Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. UCHealth was […]

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New CMS Medicaid Appointment

The Trump Administration has selected Brian Neale to be the new director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.  He will report to Seema Verma, the administration’s pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Verma is still awaiting full Senate approval which is anticipated shortly.  On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee […]

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