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Dr. Jean Kutner’s Team Is Maximizing Technology’s Impact In The Doctor-Patient Relationship

Posted: March 2, 2017

Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH, a University of Colorado professor of medicine who is well known to the HPCAR community, is profiled this week in CU Anschutz Today for her role in leading a Big Data initiative. 

Kutner co-leads the Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) initiative, a new multidisciplinary program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The initiative, supported with a $20 million grant from the SOM’s Transformational Research Funding program, has big ambitions.

“Our work could revolutionize how we think about how health care is provided, the patient experience, and how we make decisions,” Kutner said. “Our goal is to make CU Anschutz a leader in the intersection between data and value and the application of cutting-edge data science to the value equation.”

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Colorado's End Of Life Options Act Stirs Continued Debate

Posted: March 2, 2017

The End of Life Options Act statute, approved by voters on Nov. 8, 2016, and implemented by signature of the governor six weeks later, continues to be debated in public circles across Colorado. 

In Durango, the Herald newspaper published one letter in opposition to the act and then two letters of support:

Robert Goodrich letter (opposed to act)

Linda E. Daniel, RN, Ph.D. (supports act)

Debby Malcolm (supports act)

In Wyoming, a bill titled "Death with Dignity" -- HB0122 by Rep. Zwonitzer -- was filed Feb. 3, 2017, but was not considered for introduction, marking at least the second defeat for medical aid in dying legislation in that state in the past few years. A bill also failed last month in Utah. 

Colorado saw several legislative attempts at passing a bill before proponents went directly to voters in last year's election.



Northwest Colorado Health's Daffodil Sale Returns

Posted: March 2, 2017

HPCAR member Northwest Colorado Health has an annual daffodil sale, which helps it to care for patients nearing end of life in the communities in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. 

Order 10 bunches or more and we will deliver! Smaller orders can be picked up March 14 at Northwest Colorado Health locations:  940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs or 745 Russell St. in Craig.

Daffodils and cards also will be for sale March 14 at these locations:

  • City Market stores in Steamboat Springs and Craig
  • Hayden Merchantile
  • Ace at the Curve
  • Bonfiglio Drug
  • Clark Store

For more information


End Of Life Options Act Workshops Are Popular With HPCAR Members

A total of 382 people attended the first seven End Of Life Options Act workshops with three workshops in Denver and one each in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction and Montrose. Two more workshops were this week in Greeley and Boulder. 

The primary educator was Jennifer Ballentine of The Iris Project. HPCAR was the CE sponsor, offering nursing and social workers CEs for free to members. Nonmembers paid extra to receive credits. 

In all, about 100 attendees took advantage of the credits.  

HPCAR members who attended one or more of the workshops were: 

  • Brookdale Hospice
  • Compassionate Hospice Care
  • Delta County
  • Denver Hospice, The
  • HopeWest
  • Hospice Analytics
  • Hospice del Valle
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of the Gunnison Valley
  • Hospice of the Estes Valley
  • Hospice of the Plains
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Pathways Hospice
  • Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Suncrest Hospice
  • TRU Community Care

Thank you to everyone who turned out for these important workshops!


HPCAR Issues Members-Only End-Of-Life Options Act Bulletin

Posted: Feb. 24, 2017

The Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies today issued a members-only End-of-Life Options Act bulletin that should be of great interest to our provider members.

Read the bulletin (must be signed in)

Not a member of the association? Join us

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