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August 15, 2009

HOW GRAND JUNCTION HANDLES HEALTH CARE

Christian Science Monitor - The national average for Medicare reimbursement is $8,300. But in Grand Junction it's about $2,400 less. . . John Hopkins, CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, says communication is what makes care so affordable here. Doctors meet regularly with the HMO to talk about a variety of topics, including quality of care, pharmaceuticals, healthcare infrastructure and overall costs. As a result, the HMO was ahead of the curve when it started using generic prescription drugs to keep costs down. . . The foundation for low cost, high quality care was set in the 1970s when doctors and members of the community came together to decide on a system in which physicians are paid a similar amount regardless of whether their patients have Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance.

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