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Hospital group sues government over two-midnights rule (access required)

Hospitals are suing the federal government over its decision to pay inpatient reimbursement rates only if patients spend “two midnights” in facilities. As of Oct. 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted what’s become known as the ...

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Little progress on finding missing broadband funds

Progress on securing $14 million in missing funds to pay for Idaho’s education broadband program has been minimal since lawmakers first heard of the lapse in federal payments earlier this year, an official said June 9. State education officials say ...

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Beaver Creek trail closures hit Wood River cyling (access required)

Chip Deffe is concerned about his tourism revenue prospects this summer. As owner and operator of ski and bicycle shop Sun Summit South in Hailey for 20 years, Deffe said his business will be hurt by hiking and biking trail ...

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Dolan wins bankruptcy court approval of its reorganization plan

The Dolan Company, the owner of The Idaho Business Review and a provider of legal-support services and business and legal affairs publications,  won bankruptcy court approval June 9 of a reorganization plan that gives ownership to its lenders. The reorganization ...

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Audit: Boise VA Center sees most patients within 30 days

A new audit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that most Idaho veterans receiving care at the Boise VA Medical Center wait less than a month for their first appointment. But the average wait time for those who ...

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Uncertainty dominates new hemp market

Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a new lucrative market. That was the idea, anyway. Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red ...

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Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

Before the sprawling Texas city of Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was ...

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Regence parent Cambia looking to invest in med-tech companies (access required)

The parent company of Regence BlueShield of Idaho is seeking to invest in medical technology startups, and the one of the firm’s leaders says that Idaho is developing a cluster of med-tech companies that could make for a promising investment. ...

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Business Briefs: Universities test drone scans on potato crops (access required)

Universities are testing drone scans on potato crops Researchers at Idaho State University are using unmanned aircraft systems to scan potato fields for crop threats as part of a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using the UAS, ...

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US consumer spending surges in April

Consumers revved up their borrowing in April, with growth in credit card debt accelerating at the fastest pace in more than a dozen years. Overall credit expanded by $26.8 billion during the month, up from an increase of $19.5 billion ...

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