Health Care


Mon November 26, 2012

Have Some Questions About The Colorado Health Exchange? Here Are Some Answers

Colorado’s health insurance exchange is designed to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy policies that cover all important health care needs, including lab tests, shown here at St. Anthony Hospital North’s new Emergency pavilion
Stephen Swofford Colorado Public News


Wed November 21, 2012

Fixing Health Care Waste Would Trip Deficit

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 7:49 am



In Washington, lawmakers are trying to work out a deal to keep the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. Many economists predict those automatic tax hikes combined with deep spending cuts set to go into effect on New Year's Day would throw the economy back into recession.

A group of top CEOs has been urging lawmakers to reach a deal to keep that from happening. Mark Bertolini is one of them. He's CEO of the health insurer Aetna and he said tax increases are as important as spending cuts. We called him to talk more.

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Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

Patients With Online Access To Doctors May Make More Office Visits

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 7:49 am

New research suggests that doctors who communicate online with their patients may not see a drop in office visits.

Uncle Sam wants you to email your doctor. A federal law passed in 2009 says that physicians have to start offering their patients online communication, or Medicare will start docking how much it pays them in the future.

Some patients hope that having online access to their doctors will mean they can cut down on how often they have to go to the doctor's office. But fresh research suggests that patients with online access actually schedule more office visits.

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Tue November 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

Many Surgical Complications Show Up After Patients Get Home

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:59 am

Researchers find that more than 40 percent of surgical complications happen after patients leave the hospital.

It's natural for patients returning home from the hospital after surgery to feel a sense of relief that the worst is over. But, research published this week suggests those patients and their doctors shouldn't let their guard down too soon.

More than 40 percent of all patients who experience complications after surgery experience them at home, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery. Half of those complications occur within nine days of patients leaving the hospital.

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Mon November 19, 2012

Checking Insurance Ratings Can Save Your Life

Keeping blood pressure in check and under control is one of the most important ways to maintain health.
Elton Lin Flickr - Creative Commons

Coloradans can now add another factor to choosing health insurance plans besides cost alone: Which one will do a better job of keeping you healthy?

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