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EMR networks connect health care providers statewide

St. Luke’s Health System is installing a $100 million electronic medical records system that will allow its providers throughout southern Idaho to see the same information for each patient. But if a patient sees a provider outside the St. Luke’s ...

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Hospital claims conspiracy by Bingham County officials (access required)

Officials at Bingham Memorial Hospital in eastern Idaho have filed a tort claim against two Bingham County officials, contending they conspired to oust six hospital administrators and certain hospital board members. Hospital officials say the negative publicity generated by County ...

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Strong health care industry shifting focus to outpatient care (access required)

Idaho’s health care industry powered through the recession, experiencing steady growth throughout the past decade, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. During that period of growth, ambulatory health care services overtook hospitals as Idaho’s No. 1 health care industry ...

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Most med-mal cases dismissed, AMA study says (access required)

Almost 55 percent of all medical malpractice cases are dismissed and less than 5 percent make it to trial, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association. Further, most of the cases that go to trial – ...

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Lap-Band weight loss device maker subpoenaed by U.S. government (access required)

Lap-Band maker Allergan has been subpoenaed by the U.S. government over problems with the weight loss device. Lawsuits have been filed over injuries and deaths related to gastric band products and surgeries. The company said that the Department of Health ...

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Consumer lawyers concerned about medical credit cards (access required)

Many doctors and dentists are marketing medical credit cards to their patients, and consumer lawyers say they are a new wave of predatory lending. The cards could lead to a host of claims under state laws – such as unfair ...

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Blue Cross of Idaho venture broadens reach (access required)

Meridian-based Blue Cross of Idaho has acquired Peak 1 Administration, a Coeur d’Alene-based administrator of ancillary health insurance products including flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement accounts. Blue Cross of Idaho and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana also announced ...

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St. Luke’s being investigated for possible antitrust law violation

Officials at St. Luke’s Health System say they are cooperating with an investigation by the Idaho attorney general’s office and the Federal Trade Commission into whether federal antitrust laws and Idaho’s Competition Act have been violated. The investigation involves the ...

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Big stakes in U.S. Supreme Court health care challenge (access required)

If the complex legal issues arising from the constitutional challenge to the federal health care law weren’t enough, lawyers are bracing for the practical impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case will have on their clients. During the ...

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