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State seeks to increase required immunizations for kids (access required)

State health officials want to increase immunization requirements for children in daycare or school and to shift enforcement from the schools to the Department of Health and Welfare. The change, which the board of Health and Welfare will consider at ...

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Expansion for SE Idaho VA clinic could take years

POCATELLO – There are no imminent plans for the Veterans Health Administration clinic in southeastern Idaho to expand to a new, larger facility anytime soon. Just a week ago, leaders in Pocatello said they were optimistic the Veterans Health Administration ...

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Idaho gets a ‘B’ on dental care for children (access required)

Idaho seems to be holding its own against other states when it comes to dental care for children. A report published earlier this year by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. gave Idaho a “B” for scoring well on ...

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Hygienists sign on to new education model

Idaho hygienists support a new hygienist model called Advanced Dental Health Provider. The ADHP would require advanced education, possibly similar to a two-year master’s degree. Practitioners would be able to provide some restorative health services, such as tooth extractions. Hygienists associations ...

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Hygienists seek broader freedom to practice (access required)

Dr. Dan Watt,  chief dental officer at Terry Reilly Health Services, pulls about 20 rotten teeth a day. That’s more than he extracted in a typical year at the private practice he ran for 30 years in Reston, Va. “They ...

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Deputies find Moscow hospital CEO dead after crash

MOSCOW – The Latah County Sheriff’s office says Gritman Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Martin died in a pickup crash near State Highway 8 in northern Idaho. The sheriff’s office says Martin, who is 47, was expected to return from Elk ...

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Ballot measure prompts hospital association campaign (access required)

The Idaho Hospital Association is running its largest political campaign ever to support HJR4, a ballot measure that would affect how Idaho’s public hospitals can borrow money. IHA spent $22,193 campaigning as of Oct. 10, according to papers filed with ...

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