COVID-19’s impact will persist in the Denver market for the foreseeable future, even though it was not hit as bad as other markets in the Mountain West, such as Phoenix. No new acute-care hospitals opened in the market in 2020, but HealthOne’s addition of Centennial Hospital to its Centennial Medical Plaza could set off a round of smaller-scale facility construction. Integration and accountable care have slowed down significantly as providers have pulled back from the cusp of greater risk-sharing; that could leave Colorado Medicaid’s Accountable Care Collaborative as Denver’s main engine for greater risk going forward. Kaiser’s expanded relationship with SCL Health indicates the integrated health insurer is sticking with its long-running hospital partner for the long term.

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