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CMS Pulls Back on Bundled Payment Initiatives

On August 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid issued a proposed rule change that would cancel mandatory bundled payment initiatives for heart attacks, bypass surgery, and hip and femur fractures.   It also proposes canceling the cardiac rehabilitation payment model.  Not abandoning the initiatives completely, the directive eliminates the mandatory requirement of most of the […]

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Head at UnitedHealth to Step Down Sept. 1

The CEO of UnitedHealth, Stephen Hemsley, will step down effective September 1.  UnitedHealth’s current President, David Wichmann, will replace Hemsley as CEO. Hemsley has been with Minnesota-based UnitedHealth since 1997.  He has headed the nation’s largest health insurer since 2006.   He lead the corporation through its largest growth period to the point where it currently […]

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Colorado to Receive Close to $2 Million for Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will grant $1.9 million to Colorado health centers that serve rural and low income areas of the state.  This is a $300,00 boost from last year’s distribution.   The program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Twenty centers across Colorado will receive the additional […]

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New West Physicians Acquired by UnitedHealth Group

In June, Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, acquired New West Physicians, one of metro-Denver’s largest physician practices with 120 health-care providers.   Optum is the innovation arm of UnitedHealth Group and has been purchasing primary-care group practices around the country for the past six years.  It functions independently from UnitedHealth’s insurance company. The acquisition will […]

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American Medical Response to be Sold for $2.4 Billion

Greenwood Village-based Envision Healthcare has signed a definitive agreement to sell its ambulance subsidiary, American Medical Response, to New York buyout firm KKR & Co. for an estimated $2.4 billion. KKR currently holds Texas-based Air Medical Group Holdings.  The two companies will be merged to form an integrated medical transportation enterprise.   The combined company anticipates […]

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Best Hospitals within Colorado According to the U.S. News Survey

The U.S. News & World Report national hospital survey also ranks hospitals within each state based on the number of national specialty rankings and merit rankings by procedures/conditions in which each has excelled.  The top twelve Colorado Hospitals in order by number of ranked and high performing specialties are: University of Colorado Hospital   Aurora – […]

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President Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Approved

On August 3, the U.S. Senate has approved the appointment of Dr. Jerome Adams as the twentieth Surgeon General of the United States.  He hails from Vice President Mike Pence’s state of Indiana and was appointed health commissioner in October 2014 by then-Governor Pence.  Dr. Adams is a board certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Adams is the […]

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Colorado Hospitals Among Nation’s Best in U.S. News & World Report Survey

The University of Colorado Hospital has been ranked #15 in the nation in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Ranking”.   University of Colorado Hospital was nationally ranked in 11 specialties.  This is a five slot improvement from last year when it was ranked as #20 in the nation and is […]

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Colorado’s Health Care Ranks 13th in Nation

Colorado ranks in the 13th position among the states for best health care based on a recent WalletHub survey.  The analysis measured availability of care, value and outcomes to determine the rankings. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome.  Hawaii topped the list […]

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Lockton Heir Tries Hand as Restaurateur

Steve Lockton, executive vice president for Mountain West states for Lockton Companies has opened a restaurant at the corner of 17th Avenue and Franklin Street in Uptown.   Jack’s Uptown Grille is located in the space formerly held by Parallel 17 restaurant. Jack’s Uptown Grille is named for Steve’s father and founder of Lockton Companies, the […]

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