Grand Junction appears on Nightly News with Tom Brokaw Wednesday night

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

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Wednesday night on Nightly News Tom Brokaw continued his reporting along Highway 50 from Grand Junction. Tom's report says Grand Junction is a place where for the most part health care works and it's one of the stories that brought him to the Western Slope.

Brokaw's story includes information on how Grand Junction's residents have access to high quality care at some of the lowest average costs in the United States, including Medicare. He focuses on how the Grand Junction medical community agreed more than 30 years ago to an innovative arrangement: regular review of patient charts and hospital practices, to root out problems and cost overruns. Brokaw will also report they also agreed to be paid the same, whether they saw Medicare, Medicaid or privately insured patients.

The story aired on Nightly News on KKCO NBC 11 News at 5 p.m.

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  • by Pete Location: GJ on Nov 10, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    In the Business, you simply express some things which are wrong with the American healthcare system as a whole, not GJ in particular. It's not Brokaw's opinion that GJ is doing some things right, it's based on Medicare statistics. If we're to try to fix some things, it probably means acknowledging what's done in places where things work better than in other places...
  • by In the Business Location: Grand Junction on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    Good and Bad! Good that someone noticed we're doing some things right here in Grand Junction. Bad that someone noticed we're doing some things right here in Grand Junction.
  • by sagewalker Location: grand valley on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    Ah, yes...where one hospital sends out each sixteen dollar bill in its own envelope with its own remittance envelope enclosed. I received EIGHT of them...that is such a waste of paper, postage, our landfill, etc. It doesn't appear to me that the hospitals have cut costs too much. Also the difference between what they bill and are paid when they are preferred providers of an insurance company is monstrous and is passed on in higher rates to those with no insurance. It is inequitable and should be revamped. Those of us with insurance are being billed more to cover those without, but those without are being charged the highest rates possible. It just isn't fair to anyone and I feel sorry for any who are without insurance. It is also not easy to find a doctor who is taking new patients here. Look again, Mr. Brokaw, and feel free to email me for more input.
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