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Colorado Tops List of “Out-of-Pocket” Health Care Spending

The JPMorgan Chase Institute has analyzed healthcare spending trends between 2013 and 2016 in the 23 states where Chase has a retail presence.  The research has ranked out-of-pocket healthcare spending by family per state for each of these years.   Each year they found a wide variation in out-of-pocket spending across the surveyed states. Colorado had […]

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Colorado – 15th Happiest State According to WalletHub

Colorado is  in the fifteenth position among the 50 states in a recent Happiness Survey conducted by personal, financial well-being researcher, WalletHub. WalletHub analysed 28 key metrics that measure a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life to determine the rankings.  The data analyzed included a variety of measurements such as: depression,  income potential, suicide […]

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Alzheimer’s Study with Promising Results

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of South Florida are conducting a joint research effort to test the effectiveness of the drug leukine on Alzheimer’s patients. The study sample is small with only 32 participants, 60 percent of which receive a placebo.  However, results indicate a rapid, positive response to the drug.  […]

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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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Connect for Health Colorado Audit Completed

An audit of Connect for Health Colorado has been completed for the State Legislative Audit Committee.  The audit shows that the state-run marketplace is narrowing the gap needed to become financially self-sufficient compared to findings in the exchange’s last audit in 2014.  Expenses have been reduced by $18.5 million between 2015 and 2017 and revenue […]

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“Most Wired” Hospitals in Colorado

Eight Colorado hospitals and health systems have been recognized as “Most Wired” in Hospitals & Health Network’s 19th edition of the Most Wired Survey.  The survey found that most hospitals have shifted from acquiring the technology to actually integrating the IT into the inner workings of the hospital and as a resource to enhance patient […]

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2016 Annual Report from The Colorado Trust

The 20016 Annual Report for The Colorado Trust is available at the link below.  2016 was the second year for the foundation’s “Community Partnerships” program that empowers local communities to develop health equity strategies uniquely designed for their own area of the State.   Also included is a report on the 2016 grants awarded and accompanying […]

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CBO Reports on Pay Disparity between Private and Public Payers

Two recent reports from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveal that private payers pay physicians and hospitals at a significantly higher rate than Medicare. The CBO analyzed data from three private payers – Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare for both physician and hospital comparisons.  Representing nearly 40 million consumers, these three private insurers make up 25 […]

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Medical School Class of 2021 Nears Completion

Dean John  Riley of the University of Colorado School of Medicine has reported in his May 15, 2017 “Dean’s Weekly Message” that the Medical School Class of 2021 is nearing completion.   183 of the 184 seats for incoming medical students are filled. The demographics of the class show:   1.   the average age of the […]

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Leapfrog Report on Hospital Safety Released

Washington D.C.-based The Leapfrog Group is out with its bi-annual ratings of hospital safety, the “Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score”.   Leapfrog Group began its safety reporting scorecard in 2012.   The review analyzes hospital safety records from around the country and assigns a letter grade to more than 2,600 U.S. Hospitals.   The grade […]

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