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Idaho could save $380M with Medicaid expansion

Idaho’s taxpayers could save $380 million over six years by agreeing to expand Medicaid coverage for more low-income people under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, according an analysis by the Spokesman-Review. Currently, costs of caring for Idaho’s indigent population ...

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St. Luke’s in partnership with expanding Utah insurance company

SelectHealth, a Utah-based health insurance provider, is expanding its Idaho presence in a partnership  with St. Luke’s Health System aimed at lowering health care costs and improving health outcomes. SelectHealth will open an office in Meridian and offer insurance later this year ...

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Labrador bill takes aim at health care law (access required)

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador introduced legislation Aug. 2 in Congress that could potentially undo the constitutional underpinnings of the 2010 health care law. Labrador’s bill is titled “to provide that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable ...

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Med-mal payouts dropped to new low in 2011, study says

Medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at their lowest level on record, with injured patients receiving an average of only $327,600, according to a new study by consumer watchdog Public Citizen. “The juxtaposition of declining medical malpractice payments and skyrocketing ...

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Otter names members of two groups to examine health reform efforts (access required)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed 26 people to two separate working groups that will examine how the state should act on two separate planks of upcoming federal health care reform. The two groups will study whether Idaho should expand Medicaid ...

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Suspended midwives’ birthing center gets new name

An Idaho birthing center has taken a new name after midwives there were suspended earlier this year following a state investigation into babies that died. A certificate of organization for New Beginnings Baby Place LLC was filed June 5 with ...

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Direct Health program springs up in Idaho Falls

For pharmacist Mike Merrill of Idaho Falls, getting cash up front is always better. Anytime he deals with an insurance company, the money coming Merrill’s way first goes through a pharmacy benefit manager. “They always take their chunk out of ...

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Compounding pharmacies balance patient needs, insurance coverage (access required)

The generic antacid Lansoprazole is often prescribed to infants with acid reflux, but the medication is only available in baby-unfriendly tablets or capsules. Compounding pharmacies offer patients another option: adapting the medication to fit specific needs. In one of these ...

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Medical suppliers scramble to keep up with surging Medicare audits (access required)

Brownfield’s Prosthetics and Orthotics employee Melanie Stohner is much busier than she used to be. She handles billing, compliance and accreditation for the Boise medical equipment supplier, and since January, she’s been working weekends. The workload explosion comes not from ...

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For some Idaho groups, health reform battle will continue

Idaho policymakers and businesses have a better idea of the job ahead now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that federal health reform efforts are constitutional. There are still many decisions to be made. Many provisions of the law, ...

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