Formerly Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, AllHealth Network recently underwent extensive re-branding to better and more fully reflect their mission.
AllHealth Network specializes in counseling, therapy, and group therapy on an outpatient basis to treat individuals and families with a wide range of emotional, social, and psychiatric needs using evidence-based therapies.
The care they provide to our community changes lives for the better! AllHealth welcomes all through their doors and are committed to providing efficient access to professional care at an affordable cost.
For more information, visit allhealthnetwork.org or call 303.730.8858.
AllHealth Network has been a proud Chamber member for over 30 years! AllHealth, we are so grateful to have you.
Friday, May 20th,2016. To register, click here.
Industry specialists, thought leaders, and members of the Chamber’s Economic Development Group (EDG) gathered early Friday morning for a very pressing and popular subject to Coloradans: marijuana. This billion dollar industry has inspired opinions on both sides of the fence – has Colorado been positively or negatively impacted since the passage of Amendment 64? Or both?
What were the hot topics on the table?
Tyler Henson with the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, also known as C4, gave a brief overview of the industry and how it has affected the state. He spoke of the growing popularity of marijuana as a packaged product – edibles, topical lotions, etc. More products going on the market means more consumer choice, which equals more consumers. The industry has raised over $102 million in tax revenue, and since 2014, marijuana-related businesses have absorbed more than 4 million square feet of industrial space in Denver alone.
David C. Walcher, Arapahoe County Sheriff, shared his perspective from a public safety standpoint. A Colorado native, Walcher has seen many changes in Colorado throughout his life.
“I understand the economic impact, and although it’s incredible,” Walcher said, “I’m concerned about the long-term.”
Walcher addressed issues such as the dangers of young children having more access to marijuana/marijuana products, the increase in traffic ‘fails’ in regards to driving under its influence, people moving to Colorado just to use marijuana, and even this: Colorado as an “export state” – the increase of illegal grow operations leading to illegal drug trafficking to outside states.
Matt Jones with THC University explained his company provides the industry’s largest selection of professional online courses for cannabis-related careers. Jones noted that in 2015, the Marijuana industry brought almost $1 Billion in revenue to Colorado, as well as created jobs that never existed before.
“This year is a huge year… it’s an election year,” Jones noted, “Florida and Nevada (are) both on the ballot for medical marijuana… it could be up to 20 states with ballot initiatives in 2016.”
This EDG meeting wrapped up with special comments from Dave Weaver, Douglas County Commissioner, John Fritzel, LightShade, and Tiffany Phillips, Universal Praxis.
Although the room was filled with varying opinions, one thing is absolute: Colorado’s economy may not being going to “pot,” but it sure has been affected by pot.
The Chamber’s EDG group meets the second Friday of the month – this group and meeting is closed to EDG membership only. If interested in becoming an EDG member, contact your account manager or call us at 303.795.0142.
Since its establishment in 1947, Swingle has been providing Coloradans with a wide range of lawn care and tree services for residential and commercial properties. They are actively involved with their communities along the Front Range, and have been named one of The Denver Post’s “Top Workplaces."
We are spotlighting Swingle in particular, for many reasons, including:
Swingle offers lawn fertilization and weed control, tree and shrub pruning and trimming, outdoor holiday lighting and décor, sprinkler and irrigation systems, and more! They are industry experts – hiring more certified arborists than any other company in the region. They also offer free quotes for lawn and tree care.
To visit their extensive blog, click here. Swingle has a nationally respected plant pathologist on staff and regularly provides Expert Articles, Seasonal Enjoyment Tips and a free enewsletter to help keep Colorado healthy, beautiful and active.
To find locations and for more information, click here, or call 303.337.6200.
Swingle – thank you so very much for your treasured membership!
How much would you pay for a loaf of bread at a local bakery? What about from a large grocery store a few miles away?What if, instead, you were buying a new hip? How much would you pay? Or how much should your insurance company pay?
But when it comes to health care, you might be surprised to learn that not only is it difficult to find out how much a procedure will cost in advance, there is also a huge variance in price.
Few decisions in life are more important than those having to do with health care, and yet they are often the most complicated – especially when facing a significant treatment or procedure. So Colorado PERA set out to explore what can be done to provide reliable health care at a fair and predictable cost without sacrificing quality. In conjunction with the South Metro Denver Chamber, PERA recently hosted an Executive Roundtable discussion on Health Care: Lowering Costs, Improving Results with members of the business community, non-profit sector, and public employers.
Colorado PERA Executive Director Greg Smith reported that the rising cost of health care is one of the biggest issues facing individuals and employers today. According to annual averages compiled each year by the Milliman Medical Index, the total employee cost (premiums and copays) increased by 43 percent between 2010 and 2015, and employer costs increased 32 percent during this time frame, which translates to employees shouldering an increasing percentage of health care costs.
Smith discussed PERA’s support of the “Triple Aim:” improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. He also reviewed PERA’s effort to address these challenges by creating a new bundled payment option for hip and knee replacements called PERACare Select.
With more than seven million Americans living with hip or knee replacements – and that number expected to grow – focusing on this procedure provides a good case study for lowering costs and improving results. In Colorado, the cost of a hip or knee replacement surgery can vary by up to $80,000, and there is often very little correlation between cost and quality – a higher cost doesn’t always mean a better outcome.
Key attributes of the PERACare Select program include:
By creating this new benefit for PERACare enrollees, PERA hopes to help crack the code on cost confusion and help members live healthier, more mobile lives, according to Smith.
Colorado PERA is also an active participant in several health care organizations focused on improving outcomes while controlling costs, including two that participated in the Roundtable discussion: the Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) and Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC).
CBGH is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way that employers buy health care. CBGH provides practical tools, pioneering programs, and informative, insightful reports designed to support Colorado employers with market-based, employer-driven approaches to lowering costs and improving quality.
CIVHC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps Colorado drive, deliver, and buy value in health care by leveraging health-care-cost data and analytics. Its mission is to cultivate and advance strategic initiatives that improve the health of Coloradans, contain costs, and ensure maximum value for health care received.
Read more about CBGH and CIVHC.
By using data and collaborating with providers and consumers, Colorado PERA will continue to lead and participate in the discussion around delivering maximum value to its members in the evolving health care arena.
This article was originally published by Colorado PERA on April 5, 2016. To read the original article, click here.