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  1. More health care workers have less education, but no so much in Denver
    Workers with lower levels of education are making up a larger part of the American health-care workforce — but less so in Denver than in any other area of the country, according to a study released late Wednesday. The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C.-based research and policy organization, found that the number of workers who hold an associate’s degree or less in 10 specific health-care occupations nationwide has increased by 46 percent since 2000.…
  2. Insurers refunding millions of dollars in premiums to Coloradans
    Colorado consumers will receive nearly $3 million in refunds from insurance companies that did not spend enough money on patient care last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that nine companies must cut checks to 52,277 customers for a cumulative total of $2,721,701 for violating the medical loss ratio rule established in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on…
  3. Local tech companies shake up old ways of doing things
    Doing away with computer log-in passwords. Helping real estate brokers keep connections with startups they might normally have to turn away as clients. These are the aims of two new products issued this week by local software companies Ping Identity and PivotDesk. New wrinkles in software packages don’t usually rise to being newsworthy, but the technology each of the companies unveiled this week warrant some attention. Denver-based Ping Identity makes identity protection and log-in management…
  4. Little Me's joins list of Cherry Creek North businesses that have closed, citing construction
    Ongoing construction has claimed another retail victim in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Little Me’s, a children’s clothing boutique at 3000 E. Third Ave., shut down on Sunday after the annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale. Owner Jennifer Riches posted a letter in the long-operating store’s window stating that the construction that has made it difficult to access the popular shopping district has taken too much of a toll on her store — and, she believes, others in the area. “I…
  5. Private foundations see average returns of 15.6% in fiscal year 2013
    Investment returns at private foundations nationally rose to an average of 15.6 percent in 2013, which marked the second straight year of double-digit returns, according to a study released Wednesday. The 2013 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investments for Private Foundations (CCSF) looked at data from 153 private foundations nationwide with total assets of $94.1 billion. The largest foundations — those with assets of more than $500 million — showed the highest average return of…