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Colorado moves another step closer to importing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada

Colorado has taken another step toward importing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, after signing contracts with companies on both sides of the border that will handle the transaction. The state hopes that bringing in regular, everyday prescription drugs from Canada, where they are sold at a lower price than in the United States, will help […]

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Grand Junction mental health center accused of prescription errors that threatened patient safety, report says

By Susan Greene, Colorado News Collaborative, and Chris Osher, The Gazette A pattern of “severe, life-threatening” prescription errors by the troubled mental health center responsible for serving 10 Western Slope counties put many of its patients at risk, according to the findings of an official investigation that state agencies withheld from the public for more […]

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Medicaid payment issues plague host of Colorado caregivers and therapists who see low-income and disabled patients

Payment issues in Colorado’s Medicaid system extend beyond mental health therapists who’ve been raising alarm for months that they aren’t receiving timely reimbursement for seeing patients who are low-income or have disabilities.  As the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing tries to tamp down a string of payment debacles with mental health professionals, […]

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Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care

Colorado has lapsed on its obligation to provide mental health care for needy children, leaving them to cycle in and out of emergency rooms instead of receiving appropriate long-term care, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the state Medicaid program.  The lawsuit so far includes three anonymous plaintiffs, all teenagers who have for […]

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Despite fears, Colorado’s biggest hospitals made money during the pandemic

When the coronavirus shut down Colorado last spring, fears mounted that the state’s hospitals were about to get hammered financially. In rapidly shifting to focus on caring for sick COVID-19 patients, hospitals paused lucrative elective procedures. Patients skipped usual visits. Hospitals pumped money into buying protective equipment and turning floors into coronavirus units. Estimates for […]

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Colorado will pay hospitals to close expensive free-standing ERs

By Phil Galewitz, KHN Colorado health officials so abhor the high costs associated with free-standing emergency rooms they’re offering to pay hospitals to shut the facilities down. The state wants hospitals to convert them to other purposes, such as providing primary care or mental health services. At least 500 free-standing ERs have set up in more […]