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New Mexico already has single-payer system

Albuquerque Business First Print Edition May 05, 2014

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First  While many Americans decry the possibility of a single-payer health care system with government paying the bill, in New Mexico that system is pretty much here. In 2013, only 13.5 percent of the $2.23 billion in health care premiums collected by the three insurers that file financial reports with the state were from commercial, or...

Low C-Section Rates at Lovelace Women's Hospital

KOAT-TV May 02, 2014

Lovelace Women’s Hospital has one of the lowest C-section rates in the country.  Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, Chief of Women's Services, “The national rate is about 33 percent, Lovelace Women’s Hospital so far this year, we're about at 17 percent so traditionally we've had one of the lowest cesarean rates in New Mexico as well as nationally...

Lovelace Westside Hospital ranked 14th-safest hospital

Rio Rancho Observer April 30, 2014

By Sterling Fluharty In late March, Consumer Reports unveiled its hospital safety ratings and ranked Lovelace Westside Hospital No. 14 in the nation. The magazine rated 2,591 hospitals across the country, including several in New Mexico, according to a news release and the magazine’s website. In an interview Tuesday, CEO Farron Sneed described “daily safety huddles” that likely contributed to his...

Taxpayers footing bill for over 80 percent of premium revenue at three NM insurers

Albuquerque Business First April 29, 2014

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First Though many Americans decry the possibility of a single-payer health care system, in which the government pays the bill, in New Mexico that system is pretty much here, according to financial reports filed with the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. In 2013, only 13.5 percent of the $2.23 billion in health care...

Hospitals Report Surgery Rates

ABQ Journal April 28, 2014

By Donna Olmstead Dr. Sharon Phelan, medical director for labor and delivery at the University of New Mexico Hospital, also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says the cesarean section rate at the hospital, 21 or 22 percent, is slightly less than the state’s average. The rate of c-section for the first pregnancy or...