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Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon. Colorado may be next.

LOS ANGELES — More than 24,000 nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, has proposed a two-tiered wage and benefits system […]

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What’s Working: The top occupations hiring in Colorado, plus a job where “you’ll never not be employed”

If you’re still in job limbo because your former employer shut down, hasn’t reopened or you’re hoping to switch to a more stable career, take this advice from economist Tatiana Bailey: Look for a new career based on occupations with the most openings. “The top 10 job openings are always the same,” said Bailey, director […]

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

For more than 30 years, one agency has monitored Colorado physicians struggling with depression, alcohol or drug abuse, physical conditions and behavior problems — doctors seeking help so they can continue to see patients.  The Colorado Physician Health Program, which formed in 1986, has evaluated more than 5,600 doctors for problems ranging from overwhelming sadness […]

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

When Dr. Joel Strohecker returned to treating coronavirus after his own three-week battle with the disease, the outlook at the hospital was grim. It was early April and people were dying every day, said the physician, who works at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Testing was scarce. The intensive care unit was filling up. […]

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Colorado hospitals are preparing their doctors and nurses for an all-hands-on-deck coronavirus fight

As Colorado hospitals prepare for a possible surge of patients infected with the new coronavirus, they are planning to shuffle doctors and nurses who normally practice in such specialties as obstetrics, family medicine and gynecology into the emergency department to keep up with the need. Centura Health put a call out to all of its […]

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

To renew their licenses in Colorado, attorneys must prove they’ve taken continuing education courses. So do accountants, physician’s assistants, teachers, and anyone who sells life insurance or real estate. Physicians do not. Colorado is one of only four states that does not require any continuing medical education for physicians. Not only does Colorado not require […]