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House Calls brings doctors back to doorsteps (access required)

Most people see the physician’s house call as an anachronism. Steven Fuller sees the house call as his ticket into the ballooning health care industry. Fuller, a physician who took care of open heart surgery patients in Washington, D.C., and ...

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Clinic appeals decision to end Medicaid payments

An Eastern Idaho mental health clinic that was suspended from getting Medicaid payments in March filed an appeal late April 24 contesting the state Department of Health and Welfare’s decision to revoke its Medicaid provider status. Health and Welfare spokesman ...

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Idaho: No plan to shift part-timers to exchange

Idaho government officials haven’t discussed mimicking Washington lawmakers who are considering shifting part-time state employees who work less than 30 hours a week to insurance exchanges. The Legislature in Idaho just passed the exchange only a month ago, and Department ...

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Medical groups file lawsuit over tax status

Two Boise-based health care organizations formed by St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital have filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Tax Commission disputing the state agency’s determination they aren’t tax-exempt and owe $400,000. The Idaho ...

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Tele-psychiatry program saves money on care (access required)

Clearwater Valley Hospital’s nearly two-year-old tele-psychiatry program has managed to cut down the yearly health care costs for its patients by more than half, but those savings might not save the initiative from the chopping block. Started with the help ...

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Idaho businesses support lawmakers’ health exchange decision (access required)

Idaho lawmakers weren’t enthusiastic about passing legislation that will authorize the state to create its own health care exchange in place of a federally run model, but they got it done. Idaho businesses in various industries appear to be having ...

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Lawmakers unsure about tackling Medicaid in 2013

Expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income Idaho residents could save state and local taxpayers tens of millions, according to a state-financed report released the week of March 18. But lawmakers aren’t sure if there’s time or political will to tackle ...

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Another hospital accused of creating a monopoly in southeastern Idaho (access required)

Another Idaho hospital is facing allegations it has created a monopoly in the health care world. A lawsuit claims Pocatello’s Portneuf Medical Center forced out potential competition in the form of a private surgical center by controlling the area’s anesthesiologists. Terry ...

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Idaho House kills teen tanning bill

For the second year in a row, Idaho lawmakers have pulled the plug on legislation designed to restrict teens from using tanning beds. The House voted 25-43 March 18 to kill a renewed effort to restrict the use of indoor ...

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