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UCHealth Acquires Two Hospitals and 17 Freestanding ERs

UCHealth has acquired full ownership of two hospitals and 17 freestanding emergency rooms from its former partner.  Since the spring of 2015, Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health and UCHealth have collaborated on the acquisition/operation of these Colorado properties with UCHealth holding the majority interest. In April of this year, Adeptus Health filed for Chapter 11 federal […]

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Leapfrog Group out with “2017 Top Hospitals” List

The Leapfrog Group released its “2017 Top Hospitals” roster.  Five Colorado hospitals were among the 109 hospitals recognized on this year’s national survey.  The three honored in the General Hospital category were:  Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver,  Medical Center of Aurora, and North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton.  Two hospitals were recognized in the […]

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Denver Orthopedic Surgeon Internationally Recognized

Dr. Jason Jennings, orthopedic surgeon at Colorado Joint Replacement, has been selected as one of four “2017 Insall Traveling Fellows”.    The fellowship recognizes some of the most qualified, international orthopedic surgeons and gives them the opportunity to travel around North America for a month to share ideas and techniques with other joint surgeons. The education […]

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HHS Pilot Program to Share Hospital Release Info with Pharmacists et al

The Office of Inspector General for HHS has given permission for a pilot program designed to share discharge information with a consortium of medical professionals to aid in the creation of post hospitalization care plans.  The pilot program will team up pharmacists, a trade association, a Medicare Advantage plan and a hospital system to create […]

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Optum to Buy DaVita Medical Group

In a joint news release, the Optum Division of UnitedHealth Group has announced its intentions to acquire the DaVita Medical Group, a division of DaVita Inc.  The cash purchase price is set at $4.9 billion.   DaVita has expressed an interest in using a portion of the purchase price to buy back stock.  Pending regulatory approval, […]

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Amazon and Cerner to Partner in the Cloud

Sources including CNBC are reporting that Amazon Web Services are close to finalizing a partnership with Kansas City-based health IT giant Cerner Corp..  The project will connect Amazon’s cloud-based programs to Cerner’s population health product, HealtheIntent.  Amazon anticipates the healthcare industry will in time move more fully toward cloud-based health records storage. In the late […]

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CVS/Aetna Deal Would Change Care Delivery Model

On December 3, CVS confirmed that it has agreed to buy Aetna for $69 billion.  The acquisition would change the health care delivery model by opening up 10,000 CVS pharmacies  to clinic locations.  Routine care,  oversight of chronic illnesses, lab monitoring and counseling could all be provided in a convenient, close to home setting. CVS […]

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Smartphone Relays Heart Monitor Data

The University of Colorado Hospital is the first hospital in the west to offer a cardiac monitoring system  that connects an implanted chest monitor to a smart phone app.   Heart monitoring data is automatically collected and remotely relayed to the appropriate medical staff for review using the MyMerlin mobile app. The new technology is known […]

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CMS Adds Three Rural Colorado Hospitals to Demonstration Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the list of hospitals to participate in the second phase of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program.  The newly selected rural hospitals are Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.  They join previously […]

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DaVita Expands Managed Care Division

Denver-based DaVita has acquired one of the largest independent physician groups in the country with the purchase of Northwest Physicians Network.  The Tacoma, Washington-based IPA includes more than 1,000 primary-care and specialty-care physicians. The move significantly expands DaVita’s presence in the Pacific Northwest.  In March 2016, the company acquired the Everett Clinic in Everett, Washington.  […]

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