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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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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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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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Denver City Council To Decide on Bond Package for November Ballot

In mid-August, Denver City Council will determine if the currently proposed $937 million bond package will be on the November ballot and also what projects will be up for voter approval. The omnibus package contains projects in transportation, parks and recreation, cultural facilities, public safety, and public facilities.  $75 million would be used to cover […]

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Senate “Repeal-and-Delay” Vote – Dead in the Water

Majority Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, was dealt another blow earlier in the week when his alternative to “Better Care Reconciliation Act”, a “repeal-and-delay” vote could not mustard the votes needed for passage. On Tuesday, July 18, three moderate Republicans, Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.V.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) announced that they could […]

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Commission on Affordable Health Care Releases Report

On June 30, the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care released its third annual report to policymakers.  The Commission recommends that to keep healthcare costs down in the state, state officials will need to provide “extraordinary public leadership”. This final report found that health care spending in Colorado has outpaced spending increases for the rest […]

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Summer State-of-the-State…Thanks to All Who Joined Us

“UNDER THE DOME – A Health Reform Update” Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday at the Summer State-of-the-State.  The panel recapped major legislation at the state level, current happenings in the healthcare marketplace and speculated on what the federal government might do to impact Colorado’s health care community.  The stakeholders on the […]

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2018 Initial Plan Filings in at Division of Insurance

The Colorado Division of Insurance reports that eight carriers have filed plans and proposed premiums in both the individual and small group market for 2018.  While an additional four plans made the filing deadline and submitted plans and premium rates in the small group market only.    All counties in the state will have at least […]

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Key Dates on “Connect for Health Colorado” Calendar

Kevin Patterson, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, has shared information on 2018’s Open Enrollment.  Dates of interest include:  June 19 – deadline for insurers to submit plans and premiums for 2018 to the Division of Insurance (DOI).   July 14 –  Proposed plans and premiums are announced to the public.  August 4  –  Public comment […]

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Omnibus Rural Funding Bill and “Long Bill” Signed by Governor

On May 30, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law SB267, the much debated, bipartisan bill that reclassifies the Hospital Provider Fee program and provides much needed funding for rural Colorado.  The reclassification will stave off cuts to rural hospitals of $528 million.  An amount that might have resulted in the closing of up to a dozen […]

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