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The Train Hasn't Merely Left the Station
King vs. Burwell Decided: Starter Gun Goes Off for Insurer Consolidation
Spotlight on Innovation: Hips, Knees, and Colorado PERA
Nurturing Community Collaboration Symposium Registration Now Open!
Articles of Interest

House Passes Product of Unusual Bipartisan Partnership on Health Care


Non-Profit Startup Launches Free ICD-10 Conversion Tools


Clinician-Centered Design in EHRs Improves Workflow 


Segmenting Populations to Tailor Services, Improve Care


10 FAQs: Medicare's Role in End-of-Life Care 


Majority Find Cybersecurity a Growing Concern 

The Train Hasn't Merely Left the Station
By Ana English, CIVHC President and CEO

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Spain for a cousin's wedding, and every time I visit Europe I'm struck by the remarkably advanced transportation system they have in place. You can get just about anywhere you want to go in Europe by train and in most cases a high speed option is available. As I was periodically checking in to the health care scene stateside while I was away, the cliché "The Train Has Left the Station" kept coming to mind. Significant changes are taking place in health care signaling an uptick in momentum. Not only has the train left the station when it comes to transparency and payment reform, but it's well on its way towards the final destination - lower costs and better care. 

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King vs. Burwell Decided: Starter Gun Goes Off for Insurer Consolidation
By Jay Want, MD, CIVHC Chief Medical Officer

Jay Want

Originally featured on WantHealthcareLLC.com. 


In a long awaited decision, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 6-3 decision in favor of the administration in King vs. Burwell, a challenge to the legality of subsidies for the poor in the federal health care exchange.  I am not a legal scholar, so can't comment on the legal nuances of the case.  Nonetheless, there are big implications to the law standing that even I can understand.

Spotlight on Innovation: Colorado's Knees, Hips, and PERACare Select
By Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Grant Writer and Report Specialist

It is estimated that by 2030, Colorado's population over the age of 65 will increase by 150 percent. Colorado is known for being an active state and as the demographics of the population shift, the demand for costly joint replacement procedures is likely to grow. 


Across the nation and in Colorado, prices for knee and hip replacements vary widely. According to comedprice.org, out-of-pocket cost for knee replacements in Colorado can be anywhere from $20,000 - $58,000 while hip replacements can be as low as $21,000 and as high as $36,000. The Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA), a self-insured organization, is proactively addressing variation in joint replacement cost and quality through their PERACare Select Program for Hips and Knees.

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Nurturing Community Collaboration Symposium Registration Now Open!

October 16, 2015 - 8am-3:30pm 

Enhance the network of care via communication between community partners throughout the care continuum.


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APCD Custom Data Scholarship Fund Renewed

The Colorado General Assembly has renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to offset the cost of data and reports from the CO APCD for eligible organizations. Funding is available beginning July 1, 2015, and lasts through June 30, 2016 (or until the scholarship fund is depleted). 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Nonprofits with an annual budget less than $5,000,000
  • Research organizations with annual budget less than $5,000,000
  • Colorado state agencies

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