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Colorado Springs | Colorado | 2016 | Market Overview (Event Driven)

Colorado Springs is a two-system market, with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and University of Colorado Health competing for patients by increasing the services and number of facilities associated with each health system. Freestanding emergency rooms and a hybrid emergency/urgent-care model that Centura Health has unveiled likely will be the next battleground in the rivalry between the systems. Meanwhile, consolidation continues to increase in the physician sector as providers seek stability and financial resources. Also, look for major churn among health plans with the closing of Colorado HealthOp, the state’s consumer-operated and -oriented plan.

Questions Answered in This Report:

  • Freestanding emergency rooms and urgent-care clinics are becoming the next strategy for health systems in the Colorado Springs market to increase their patient base. Where are the health systems building these new facilities? What are their parent companies doing in other markets that could expand into the Colorado Springs region? What impact will these new models likely have on the market?

  • A three-year medical residency program that Park Vista Community Health Centers is developing should help alleviate the physician shortage in the market. What is being done to address the physician shortage in the Colorado Springs market? How will potential consolidation affect the physician sector? What are physician groups in the market doing to increase their influence?

  • Health plans are involved in many coordinated care initiatives. Which managed care organizations have launched ACOs? Which payers are involved in statewide coordinated care models? Which insurers are competing on the state's health insurance exchange?


Market Includes: Colorado Springs, which includes the counties of El Paso and Teller

Primary Research: Analysis of Decision Resources Group data, Billian’s HealthDATA, local and state news and industry reports and interviews with local healthcare executives.