Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter – Press Release

DENVER, Colo., Oct 14, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, “During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop

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High-tech health care provider Zoom+Care expands beyond Pacific NW to Colorado and Idaho

Inside a Zoom+Care clinic in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

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Inside a Zoom+Care clinic in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Zoom+Care, the Portland, Ore.-based on-demand health care provider, is expanding beyond its roots in the Pacific Northwest, announcing plans to open new clinics in Colorado and Idaho.

In addition to opening brick-and-mortar locations in Boise, Denver and Boulder in the coming months, Zoom+Care says its expansion into the states will allow it to provide telehealth services to the nearly 8 million residents of Colorado and Idaho.

The company, which was acquired by the PeaceHealth health system two years ago, puts a heavy focus its app and online portal for scheduling, payments and medical records, seeking to streamline the experience for patients in the spirit of ride-hailing apps and other on-demand service providers.

Like other health care providers, the company has aggressively ramped up its telehealth platform in recent months in response to the pandemic.

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Deaths in Colorado rose 20% during first 6 months of pandemic

The number of deaths in Colorado jumped 20% during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic as at least 3,788 more residents died than would be expected, reflecting the outbreak’s grim toll on human life even beyond those killed directly by the virus.

The increase in fatalities is largely due to the respiratory disease COVID-19, which has become the fourth leading cause of death in the state.

But other causes — including overdoses, cirrhosis, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s — also saw significant spikes, according to an analysis of state data by The Denver Post.

“The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, including every aspect of our health care and our health,” said Dr. Matthew Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado.

Overall, an estimated 22,723 Coloradans died between March and August, which is up from the 18,935 deaths the

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Centura Health and Humana Sign Agreement, Expanding Humana’s Medicare Advantage Provider Network in Colorado Springs

Centura Health and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a leading health and well-being company, have signed an in-network agreement in Colorado Springs, expanding access to care for Humana Medicare members.

Humana’s Medicare Advantage health maintenance organization (HMO) plan members will now have in-network access to Centura Health’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, which includes Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

“Centura Health Penrose-St. Francis Health Services looks forward to being in the provider network for Humana Medicare Advantage programs,” stated Mark Carley, Vice-President, Managed Care and Payor Relations. “Humana is a great partner and is aligned with Centura’s mission to providing high-quality care to residents in El Paso County and surrounding areas.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to team up with Centura Health to expand our network in Colorado Springs for our Medicare Advantage HMO members,” said Mark Iorio, Central West Region Medicare President for Humana. “We look forward to

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Colorado shuts down Clear View Behavioral Health, will seek to revoke license permanently

The state of Colorado will work to revoke the license of, and has already shut down, a much-scrutinized mental health hospital in northern Colorado.

Clear View Behavioral Health in Johnstown has been the subject of more than a dozen Denver7 investigations since January 2019. The state had taken prior action but earlier this year decided to re-issue the license to the mental health facility.

Denver7 Investigates has confirmed the latest action follows information provided by a whistleblower and a surprise inspection by the state last week.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it a news release Monday afternoon that it closed the facility immediately on Monday using a summary suspension “because of several regulatory violations.”

The CDPHE confirmed that the violations were found on Sept. 22 during a revisit survey, which found deficiencies that included nursing services and infection control. The department said a key finding “includes

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Over 130 healthcare professionals call on Colorado to ban late-term abortions

Executive Director of Alternatives Pregnancy Center Janet Lyons points to a plastic replica of a fetus at twelve weeks which is used to show women who come into the center to find out if they are pregnant and what the stage of growth looks like, in Waterloo, Iowa, July 6, 2011. | REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

More than 130 medical professionals have signed a letter in support of a proposed late-term abortion ban for the state of Colorado, which will be voted on in November.

Known as Proposition 115, if passed by voters, the measure would ban abortions after 22 weeks into a pregnancy, with the exception for life-threatening medical emergencies for the mother.

The open letter, officially released last Friday, states that there is “no doubt that the 22-week fetus is fully alive and fully human.”

“With advances

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Colorado testing fish for PFAS in new push to prevent harm from “forever chemicals”

FOUNTAIN VALLEY REGIONAL PARK  — Colorado health researcher Sarah Erickson spread her tools in a gazebo by Willow Springs Ponds one recent morning and sliced into a large-mouth bass, peeling away a potentially scrumptious dorsal fillet.

This bass could be a boast-able catch for the residents who flock here to fish. Grills at the ponds invite idyllic picnic feasts.

But Erickson was testing to measure toxic contamination — from PFAS, the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called “forever chemicals” — that has spread through the Fountain Creek watershed south of Colorado Springs.

Fish can accumulate PFAS at concentrations up to 10,000 times higher than the already-elevated levels in groundwater connected to the ponds and creek, state officials said, and people eating toxic fish could face health harm ranging from autoimmune ailments to testicular cancer.

“I might need a bigger knife,” Erickson said.

She and Kelsey Barton, a colleague at the Colorado

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