Research and Markets: Denver, CO Market Overview

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Denver, CO Market Overview" report to their offering.

Not long after federal health reform passed, Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order to speed its implementation in Colorado and to make sure the reform meshed well with the states own measures. The governor succeeded in 2009 at expanding the states austere Medicaid program to include more children, low-income parents and childless adults while drawing down federal matching funds to increase hospital reimbursements for Medicaid and indigent care.

The state measure should bring down Denver's uninsured rate which is particularly high in light of its relatively low unemployment rate and healthy economy. It also bodes well for both providers and payers, and many are looking to it to reduce healthcare costs and insurance premiums that are higher than the national average despite the fact that Colorado is one of the leanest and healthiest states in the nation. Federal reforms also hold promise for Denver, where healthcare is the largest private employer and is being counted on as a future economic driver. Questions remain, however, about how Denver's comparatively unintegrated health systems will deliver the coordinated, patient-centered care that such reform requires.

Questions Answered in this Report

  • Despite the recession, Denver's major health systems have all remained profitable. Which for-profit system reported exceptionally healthy earnings? Which health systems are constructing new hospitals? Which health system had a major change in operational control and management? Which health systems share medical records through a health information exchange?
  • Though only a small percentage of physicians are employed by area health systems, that is beginning to change. Why are physicians becoming more interested in employment and joint ventures with hospitals? What will be the effect of federal reform on the physician-owned hospital scheduled to open in 2010? Which independent practice associations are laying the groundwork to operate accountable care organizations?
  • A stagnant group market means that growth for any one health plan will come at the expense of another. Which insurer won the contract for the states self-funded health plans? Who is running the regions multi-payer medical-home pilot project? Which health plan runs a staff-model operation, employing a large physician group? Which insurer chose Denver as the location to start building a national telehealth network?


  • Key market indicators and leading organizations among health systems, physicians and health plans
  • Health systems market share
  • Income, revenue, enrollment and pharmacy spend for leading health plans
  • Demographics


  • Denver, which includes the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Weld

Primary Research:

  • Analysis of HealthLeaders-InterStudy data, Billians HealthDATA, local and state news and industry reports and interviews with local healthcare executives

Key Topics Covered:

  • Denver Market
  • Management Summary
  • Health Systems & Hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Health Plans
  • Medicaid/Medicare/Uninsured
  • Pharmacy
  • Legislation
  • Employers
  • Demographics & Statistics

Companies Mentioned:

  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plans
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • University Physicians Inc.
  • Colorado Permanente Medical Group
  • Physician Health Partners
  • HealthONE
  • Exempla Healthcare
  • Centura Health
  • Colorado Business Group on Health

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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals  General Health  Managed Care