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Colorado ICUs are 95% full, CHA points to rising COVID cases and "very high" non-COVID hospitalizations

| Nov 23, 2021 | Colorado

Hospital bed capacity is at its highest since the start of the pandemic with acute care beds at 93% and intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 95% full.  While COVID-19 hospitalizations are lower than last winter highs, Cara Welsh, senior director of communication at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), says...[ Read More ]

MNA members at Sparrow hospital vote to authorize strike, Sparrow responds with new compensation proposal

| Nov 23, 2021 | Michigan

Members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital of Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA) have overwhelmingly voted to give the negotiating team the ability to call a strike if demands to the Sparrow Health System are not met. According to MNA, 96% of the 2,200 members voted “yes” on the...[ Read More ]

Colorado behavioral health task force plans to address the "missing middle" in the care continuum

| Nov 22, 2021 | Colorado

The Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force interim committee is working to address the “missing middle” in the behavioral health care continuum, according to Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet (D-Aurora).  The task force is working to address this “missing middle” in the criminal justice system and in opioid overdose care. They are...[ Read More ]

Michigan could expand coverage to uninsured, lawfully residing children but hasn't, says report

| Nov 19, 2021 | Michigan

Michigan has the ability to enroll 3,000 to 4,000 more “lawfully residing” immigrant children and pregnant women in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through a 2007 act—the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act (ICHIA). However, the state has yet to do so, according to a report from...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss authenticity, relationships, and data around addressing health disparities for underserved

| Nov 18, 2021 | Colorado

A panel of experts spoke about the importance of authenticity, relationship building, and data in positively impacting health outcomes for underserved communities at our 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference.      The panelists included Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver), chair of the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, Bobby...[ Read More ]

Opioid overdoses rose 54% and total drug overdoses rose 38% in 2020, says CHI report

| Nov 18, 2021 | Colorado

Opioid overdose deaths in Colorado rose 54% in 2020, according to the Colorado Health Institute (CHI). The highest increases come from fentanyl overdoses, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, and increased by 10 times since 2016.  In a report recently released by CHI, they analyzed the increases found in 2020...[ Read More ]

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