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Park County’s only primary care doctor retired 8 years ago. A replacement still hasn’t been found.

It’s a stark example of the persistent difficulty in recruiting young talent for the daunting workloads facing Colorado’s most isolated medical outposts.

Health

Colorado pediatricians, educators to Gov. Jared Polis: Act now to protect in-person school

“As community spread increases, in-person school will be less and less feasible," wrote members of the Colorado chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Education

Doctors are overwhelmed by coronavirus. So why did Colorado officials just end a 30-year contract with a peer health program?

The state Department of Regulatory Agencies approved a contract for a new program without telling the Colorado Medical Board, setting off a firestorm of complaints from doctors across the state.

Health

Colorado anesthesiologists want paramedics to stop injecting people with ketamine during arrests

The Colorado health department last month announced a review of ketamine's use almost a year after Elijah McClain's death

Crime and Courts

Colorado doctors now have plenty of experience battling coronavirus — and they’re getting better at it

Doug Summerfield, a 75-year-old Arvada man, may have benefited from new treatment techniques that doctors are using to help COVID-19 patients, as well as a greater well of experience

Coronavirus

Colorado unveils plan for how doctors will decide who receives life-saving coronavirus treatment — and who doesn’t

Crisis standards of care will only be implemented if needed to fight COVID-19. “This is completely uncharted territory,” one doctor says.

Coronavirus

If it gets bad, Colorado doctors have a plan for who gets lifesaving coronavirus treatment — and who doesn’t

Colorado has not yet implemented its crisis standards of care, but one doctor says the state may be inching closer.

Coronavirus
Testing began in Gunnison last Friday, March 13 and is conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12pm by the Gunnison County Health and Human Services Department outside of their building. Testing is held in Crested Butte at the Crested Butte Community School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Gunnison County is one of the hardest hit areas in the state in proportion to the population. Two people have been admitted to the Gunnison Valley Hospital, 39 people have tests pending and 239 residents are self-reporting symptoms and are self isolated.

Terminally ill, a Colorado man wanted aid-in-dying. His Catholic hospital said no.

Even as an increasing number of U.S. states have legalized aid-in-dying laws, exercising that option is challenging for patients in a country where most large hospital systems have deep religious ties and the religious right is powerful

Health

Colorado lawmakers will weigh in 2020 whether to ban flavored vaping products

One potential spoiler: Gov. Jared Polis, who has shown a libertarian streak on health issues

Politics and Government

High-deductible plans jeopardize financial health of patients and rural hospitals in Colorado and beyond

In rural areas, where high-deductible plans are even more prevalent and incomes tend to be lower than in urban areas, patients often struggle to pay those deductibles

Health

Denver’s Rose Medical Center, celebrating 70 years, created a culture that countered post-war discrimination

Rose became the first Denver hospital to grant privileges to a black physician. Its emphasis on inclusivity endured through a contentious sale and shifting health care industry.

Health

Colorado emergency rooms are trying something new to stem the opioid crisis: addiction treatment

An increasing number of Denver-area hospitals are offering patients medication in the emergency room to treat their dependencies in the hopes of nudging them into long-term care

Health

Democrats in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race split on Medicare for All, as Bennet warns it’s “one sure way” to lose

The crowded field of Democrats running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner disagree on whether Medicare for All or a public health insurance option is the way to go

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new U.S. attorney wants law enforcement to treat overdose deaths as homicides as he focuses on opioids

Jason Dunn, appointed by President Trump, laid out some of his office’s redoubled tactics in an interview with The Colorado Sun -- his most extensive remarks to the news media since taking office

Crime and Courts

Nurses do. Lawyers do. But Colorado doctors don’t have to take continuing education courses

Colorado is one of only four states that does not require any continuing medical education for physicians.

Health