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Colorado hospitals nearly led the nation for charges to the privately insured, report finds

Colorado hospitals in 2020 on average charged privately insured patients nearly three times what Medicare paid for the same services, according to a new report released this week. The report, from researchers at Rand Corp., a nonpartisan think tank, ranked Colorado 12th in the nation for the gap between Medicare and the privately insured. Nationwide, […]

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Everything you need to know about the major health care bills still alive at the Colorado Capitol

There are officially only two weeks left in the legislative session this year in Colorado, and state lawmakers are continuing to debate several major bills — including ones that could have a significant impact on the state’s health care system. In recent legislative sessions, Colorado lawmakers passed eye-popping, heavily contested proposals to create a historic […]

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Why Colorado’s ongoing fight against high hospital prices is now a lot more complicated

Colorado’s top health officials think the prices charged by large hospital systems in the state are too high. This is not exactly news; Kim Bimestefer, the executive director of the state’s Medicaid department, has been making this argument for years. But a new report and new comments made by Bimestefer during a virtual policy summit […]

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Colorado hospital mortality rates spiked 35% when pandemic started, report finds

Colorado hospitals saw significant increases in their patient death rates during surges of COVID-19 cases, just one of the revealing findings contained within a new report produced by the state’s hospital association. The report, released last week by the Colorado Hospital Association, uses discharge and claims data to paint a broad picture of how the […]

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Colorado struggles to keep hospital beds staffed as omicron sends COVID cases soaring

Colorado’s omicron variant-driven surge in coronavirus cases appears to be biting into one of the state’s most precious resources for battling the virus: the number of hospital beds available to treat patients. On Monday, the state reported that it had a total of 1,468 intensive care beds and 7,089 lower-level beds known as acute-care beds […]

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Thanks in part to federal relief funds, most Colorado hospitals were profitable in 2020

A new report from a national expert on hospital finances shows that Colorado hospitals weathered the early months of the coronavirus pandemic profitably, despite seeing a steep decline in revenue related to patient care. Hospitals in the Denver metro area posted combined profits of nearly $1.4 billion in 2020, according to the report from Allan […]

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Colorado’s governor always said hospital capacity would dictate a new mask mandate. So why hasn’t he issued one?

In early August, as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations first began rising in Colorado following a summer lull, Gov. Jared Polis stood before reporters to answer questions about the worrying trend. Asked when he might consider reissuing a statewide mask mandate or other such aggressive virus-fighting actions, he was clear. “We will not overwhelm our hospitals,” […]

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What is driving Colorado’s COVID surge? Not even the experts are sure.

The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus infections in Colorado fell slightly Thursday, offering a bit more breathing room to the state’s overloaded hospitals. But, as hospitals begin implementing more aggressive transfer protocols and health care workers continue to sound an alarm about the direction of the pandemic in Colorado, no one is celebrating. “For […]

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Colorado hospitals are so full they just did something they haven’t done all pandemic

The Colorado Hospital Association announced Wednesday that it is activating Tier 3 of the state’s Combined Hospital Transfer Center. How bad is that? Hospitals didn’t have to activate Tier 3, the highest level, during even the busiest months of last winter’s COVID surge. But what the hospital association calls “monumental strain” on the health care […]