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RAND has released its “Nationwide Evaluation of Health Care Prices Paid by Private Health Plans Findings from Round 3 of an Employer-Led Transparency Initiative” Report

At the RAND web site you can find a full report or Click here for the report, an interactive map, and a downloadable Excel file with the entire database for all of the 46 States that are included in this year’s analysis of 3,000 US Medicare-certified short-stay hospitals for which they had sufficient data (e.g., 50 or more inpatient claims […] Read Article

Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades Have Been Released

A total of 40 Colorado hospitals received grades. “A” represents the best Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, followed in order by “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F. 16 Colorado hospitals received an “A” grade, 9 hospitals received a “B” grade, 13 hospitals received a “C” grade, 2 hospitals received a “D” grade a no hospitals in Colorado received an “F” grade. Read Article

New education platform speeds evolution of health-focused business group

From its 1996 founding, the Colorado Business Group on Health operated as a traditional membership organization, providing business and public agencies with networking, education and special programs focused on workplace health concerns such as insurance costs. In exchange, those members paid annual dues. But in an economy where public-sector organizations and companies are more reluctant […] Read Article

Which Colorado hospitals get high and low scores for safety?

Nearly one-third of participating Colorado hospitals received the highest grade possible for safety practices in a recent report from The Leapfrog Group, a national consumer-health watchdog organization. Fourteen of the 43 hospitals that Leapfrog examined received an “A” grade for their ability to protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections, while another 17 received a […] Read Article

Side Effects: The role of the PBM

They certainly don’t carry the same brand recognition as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, or even pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, but last year the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country reported nearly as much revenue as those three companies combined. With $102 billion in revenue in 2015, Express Scripts Inc. is a giant in the pharmaceutical supply chain […] Read Article

YVMC grade improves from C to A on new report

Yampa Valley Medical Center was one of 14 Colorado hospitals to receive an A in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, released last week by the national nonprofit watchdog The Leapfrog Group in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health. According to a news release, the hospital, which received a C grade in […] Read Article

Stress, mental illness are leading causes of lost days at work

Heavy lifting, slippery floors and chronic pain no longer dominate the causes of lost days in the workplace. Behavioral health problems do. With that in mind, the Colorado Culture of Health Conference focused its wellness sessions on mental health this year. About 550 people — business owners, public health officials, community leaders — came to […] Read Article