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Report: Many health care providers still unhappy with Medicaid claims system (access required)

One out of every three Medicaid providers is still unsatisfied with Idaho’s relatively new system for processing Medicaid claims in Idaho, which is a dramatic improvement from when the system went online. The watchdog arm of the Idaho Legislature surveyed ...

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For headache device, a market of 35 million (access required)

He’s not ready to leave his day job yet, but a Sandpoint chiropractor has sold 400 copies of a device he invented to ease the pain of headache sufferers. Will Mihin invented his device, the Headache Hammock, after trying a ...

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Medical airlift company Life Flight closes McCall base (access required)

Life Flight Network, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that acts as an ambulance in the air, will no longer house a helicopter in McCall, though it will still provide transportation and rescue services for the region. Closing the McCall base, which employed ...

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HIPAA audits have begun (access required)

All entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act must get ready – audits of privacy and security compliance under the Act have officially begun. Under the auspices of the 2009 HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and ...

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Department of Labor proposes rules to cut down on health care fraud (access required)

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has proposed two new rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aimed at cracking down on heath care fraud and protecting businesses and workers whose health benefits are provided through ...

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Healing at -200 degrees (access required)

Boise chiropractor Dr. Jason Watson is hoping to heal patients and set his practice apart by offering a super-cold treatment called whole body cryotherapy. The therapy has been used by topflight athletes in hopes of speeding recuperation from tough workouts. ...

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Saint Alphonsus ordered to pay $52M to former MRI partner

A jury has ordered a Boise hospital to pay $52 million to an MRI company for violating a partnership agreement it had with the company. The award is one of the largest to ever come out of the Idaho district ...

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Bill would cut regulatory red tape in U.S. for medical devices (access required)

Legislation that would streamline the regulatory process for some medical devices has been filed in the U.S. Senate. The Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act, S. 1700, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., would ...

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Washington State breaks ground on new medical school in Spokane

Officials broke ground Oct. 5 on a new medical school building at Washington State University’s Spokane campus. The $70 million building is intended to produce more doctors for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho will also be the new home of a ...

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