Elise Thatcher

Special Coverage
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Spotlight Health: Improving Doctors

Dr. Brent James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City.
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The Affordable Care Act has changed a lot for doctors and other medical professionals. There are new insurance requirements, potentially lots more patients and the logistics of switching to digital medical records. Doctor Brent James is right in the middle of all of this, fine tuning the answer to an age old problem: how do you take care of patients in a way that’s really effective, but not overwhelmingly expensive? Dr. James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City. As part of our spring series on key health issues, James talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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APR Special
3:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #3

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Good afternoon, this is Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio. This is the third of six episodes in our series on key health issues.

Today we’ll untangle why seeing a doctor can be so confusing...

“Despite all the medical advances, there seems to be increasing controversy about what is the right thing to do, even about your most common conditions.”

We’ll hear one solution for making that whole treatment experience cheaper and more effective, too.

“We estimate that we’re taking at least $400 million per year out of Intermountain’s cost of operation, through better care.

Coming up today on Spotlight Health.

Episode 3 of 6 in a series to explore key health issues with guests also participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health programming this summer.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Spotlight Health: Figuring Out What Care Works

Dr. Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman are the authors of "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You."
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Deciding between doctors, treatments, and, surgeries can be exhausting, and often especially hard when juggling a serious diagnosis. Boston Physician Pamela Hartzband noticed this after practicing medicine for years, and she and a colleague have written a book on how to navigate those decisions. It’s called Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You. Dr. Hartzband will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. As part of our spring series on key health issues, Dr. Hartzband spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. 

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Affordable Housing Rent Can Go Up Every Year

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Renting employee housing in the Aspen area has a major perk. It’s more affordable than “free market” housing-- making it possible for more local workers to live in town. But one of the catches is that rent can go up regularly.

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Special Coverage
10:06 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Spotlight Health: Treating Addiction

Ben Cort handles Business Development for the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), University of Colorado Hospital.
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 Treating drug addictions can be gender specific, and that's part of the therapy at the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. Ben Cort represents the Center, and sat down with APR’s Elise Thatcher. 

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