Colorado violating Medicaid mandate by not providing mental health services to children, lawsuit alleges

Colorado is violating a Medicaid Act mandate by not providing certain mental health services to eligible children at home or in their community, which in some cases has led to teenagers experiencing “unnecessary institutionalization,” a federal lawsuit filed Friday alleges. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court of Colorado against Kim Bimestefer, the head of the state Department of […]

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Colorado COVID outbreaks fall in nursing homes

Nearly all settings in Colorado reported fewer outbreaks of COVID-19 this week, with the exception of schools, which essentially held steady. The biggest improvement was in long-term care facilities. As of Aug. 25, 73 nursing homes and assisted living facilities had reported outbreaks among residents or staff. This Wednesday, that total dropped to 35 active outbreaks. Improvement in long-term care […]

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Colorado to require hospitals to report vaccination status, age of COVID patients

Colorado’s health department updated a public health order Tuesday evening to require hospitals to report data to the state regarding the age and vaccination status of COVID-19 patients. The state Department of Public Health and Environment is also requiring hospitals to report how many intensive care beds are available based on whether they are for adults or children, according to […]

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Colorado hospital systems profitable in 2020 despite COVID

Colorado’s hospital systems remained profitable last year despite canceling or delaying elective surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but small rural hospitals experienced significantly greater challenges, according to a new state report. Federal stimulus money was a significant factor in keeping hospitals profitable, according to the report, which the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing released Wednesday. Colorado […]

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Colorado reinstates mask mandate for residents, staff and visitors at nursing homes

Residents, visitors and staff of Colorado nursing homes will have to start wearing masks again under a new order from the state health department. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Tuesday evening that it would reinstate the requirement for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended last week that vaccinated […]

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Plague found in six Colorado counties, linked to death of 10-year-old child

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging everyone to be careful around animals after plague was found in mammals and fleas from six counties and the state recorded its first death from the disease since 2015. The state didn’t release the full list of counties, but said La Plata was one of them. The 10-year-old child who […]

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Colorado investigating possible case of plague in La Plata County resident who died – The Denver Post

State and local public health officials are investigating a possible case of plague in a La Plata County resident who died recently. Colorado’s state lab is running tests to confirm the diagnosis of the disease, which is most often found in rock squirrels, prairie dogs, wood rats and other animals, according to a news release from San Juan Basin Public […]

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Colorado hits 70% mark for COVID-19 vaccines on July 3

Coloradans reached a milestone during the holiday weekend — 70% of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 3.2 million people in the state are at least partially inoculated against the coronavirus, with 2.95 million fully immunized, according to state data. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment announced Saturday that seven out of […]

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A Colorado hospital charged $722.50 to push medicine through an IV. Twice. – The Denver Post

By Rae Ellen Bichell, Kaiser Health News Claire Lang-Ree was in a lab coat taking a college chemistry class remotely in the kitchen of her Colorado Springs home when a profound pain twisted into her lower abdomen. She called her mom, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner who worried it was appendicitis and found a nearby hospital in the family’s health […]

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