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Stepping backwards in healthcare would be costly to Idaho businesses

Passed in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, had a major impact on Idaho’s businesses, including Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. The primary focus of the ACA was to reduce the number of people ...

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Health care quality is a business issue

Five years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is clear that the Act has had a major impact on Idaho’s businesses, including Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. For example, the Act forced ...

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Idaho’s Telehealth Access Act: Another step toward reform (access required)

Many Idaho businesses would argue that relief from ever-increasing insurance premiums is long overdue. The passage of the Idaho Telehealth Access Act might bring part of that relief. To reduce health care costs, a primary objective of the Patient Protection ...

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Medicaid redesign is important for Idaho’s businesses (access required)

For the fourth year in a row, it appears that the Idaho legislature will be asked to address very difficult issues relating the Affordable Care Act and the ACA’s effect on health care and health insurance in Idaho. In 2012 ...

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Health care reform, Idaho’s physician shortage and telemedicine

As has been widely published, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a significant impact on Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. Rising health care costs, increased insurance premiums and decreasing access to care have all ...

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Does saying, ‘I’m sorry’ help?

Has a physician ever made a mistake that harmed you or a loved one? Did the physician apologize? Whether to offer a simple “I’m sorry,” when things didn’t go as planned, has long been the subject of debate among health ...

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Idaho’s employers have a stake in Medicaid expansion

Each year at renewal time, Idaho’s businesses face the ever-increasing costs of providing health insurance for their employees. However, many businesses fail to realize that a portion of each health insurance premium reflects the costs associated with health care provided ...

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