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iVinci raises $5 million for hospital billing, with support from St. Luke’s (access required)

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iVinci Health has raised $5 million from four hospital systems, including St. Luke’s Health System, for its new hospital billing and payment system. The system is now being used at St. Luke’s after years of development. St. Luke’s Chief Financial ...

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Latinos being left behind in health care overhaul

The nation’s largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation’s uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the on the sidelines as the White House ...

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Nationally, health care sign-ups may miss goal

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The Obama administration said it’s making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen ...

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Idaho naturopathic physicians want state licensing (access required)

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The Idaho chapter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is trying to get Idaho to create licensing for naturopathic physicians. “It’s necessary because we want to be able to practice our full scope of training, which includes some prescription ...

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Your Health Idaho awards $40.8M in contracts

Idaho’s insurance exchange voted to give two companies publicly funded contracts worth $40.8 million to build and operate a state enrollment system due to replace the federal software in place now. Your Health Idaho’s board voted Feb. 21 to give ...

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Boise’s Healthwise merges with Boston nonprofit (access required)

Healthwise, a Boise-based nonprofit, is merging with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a Boston nonprofit. Both organizations aim to provide people the information they need to make good health care decisions. Both nonprofits will maintain their bases of operation in ...

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Older Americans are early winners under health law

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For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age ...

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Where the St. Luke’s-Saltzer deal went wrong (access required)

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The fourth paragraph of the 52-page ruling in the St. Luke’s Health System antitrust case praises executives of St. Luke’s Health System “on their foresight and vision (in) purchasing independent physician groups.” But in the very next paragraph, U.S. District ...

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Experts: A St. Luke’s appeal likely to falter (access required)

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Antitrust experts say a federal judge’s recent ruling to separate Saltzer Medical Group from St. Luke’s Health System falls in line with recent efforts by federal regulators and could prove tough to overturn on appeal. Two Washington, D.C.-area antitrust lawyers ...

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Federal judge: St. Luke’s violated antitrust law

A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho’s largest independent physicians’ practice. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Jan. 24, ordering St. Luke’s Health System to undo its buyout of ...

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