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Lawmakers, Otter: Take federal money for exchange

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and many state lawmakers agree: Idaho would be shortsighted to pass up millions of federal dollars to help set up health insurance exchanges, because spurning the cash could mean Washington would impose a plan on Idaho ...

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Idaho reduces payments to Medicaid manager by $3M

Idaho is docking its payment to a Medicaid claim-processing company by $3 million because of the major problems the company had in implementing its new system last year. Meanwhile, the state is still trying to recover nearly $10 million in ...

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Gluten-free producers think big (access required)

Friends Lanae Phillips and Barbie Doherty agree that when they decided to start Sun Flour Mills in 2009, they knew far less than they realized.  “The learning curve was steep and still shocks us,” Phillips said.  Fast forward two years, ...

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Coeur d’Alene Tribe to build new medical center (access required)

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will be kicking off construction this month on its $17 million community medical center.  The 50,000-square-foot Benewah Medical and Wellness Centeron the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation will double the size of the facility in use now, a ...

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Idaho won’t suspend Medicaid payments, after all

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare won’t suspend Medicaid payments to hospitals around the state, after all. A week ago, the agency announced it would suspend them for at least one week because an increase in claims was straining ...

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Upcoming Medicaid changes could snarl payment system again (access required)

Idaho providers who have struggled for several months to be paid through Molina Healthcare, Idaho’s Medicaid administrator, have a new concern on the horizon. Changes in law go into effect July 1 that will add new complications to the reimbursement ...

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10 criminal, 11 civil Medicaid fraud cases in last 13 months; latest results in jail time for Boise chiropractor (access required)

A Boise chiropractor is facing jail time for submitting roughly 3,000 false Medicaid claims over two years. Jerry Cramer, 70, was sentenced June 8 in Fourth District Court to 90 days in jail, and 14 years’ probation. He was ordered ...

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Brownfield’s opens new Meridian office near St. Luke’s (access required)

In an effort to be closer to the customers they serve, Brownfield’s Prosthetics & Orthotics has opened an office in Meridian. Established in 1949, the Boise-based company recently moved into a new one-story building at 1912 E. Franklin Road, about ...

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Hospital development booming as old buildings hit retirement age (access required)

New hospitals and health care facilities are springing up across the state, and more projects are in the pipeline. The boom is cyclical, said Joel Rogers, chief operating officer at Minidoka Memorial Medical Center in Rupert. Idaho saw a flurry ...

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IMA study will help physicians lobby in Idaho (access required)

Idaho’s 2,400 office-based physicians supported 14,000 jobs and paid $1.9 billion in wages in 2009, according to a new study from the state’s physician interest group. The Idaho Medical Association commissioned the study on the physician practice landscape this year ...

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