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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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Medicaid claims malfunction could cost Idaho

Idaho’s new, problem-plagued Medicaid claims processing system may cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a report released March 29 by legislative auditors who concluded that neither Idaho health officials, the software company nor Medicaid providers were adequately prepared for ...

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Big business: For the obese, a large array of options (access required)

Lori Curtis spent months researching weight-loss surgery before she consulted a physician for the gastric bypass that helped her shed 140 pounds at age 44. Curtis sorted through online advice and written material and consulted providers and acquaintances before choosing ...

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Saint Alphonsus in new partnership with Oregon hospital (access required)

Saint Alphonsus Health System has signed an agreement with Grande Ronde Hospital to collaborate on patient services in La Grande, Ore. Both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Health System – also in Boise – had submitted proposals for the partnership. ...

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Recession reversed nursing shortage; higher-level nurses still needed (access required)

The employment balance between available nurses and nursing jobs has swung in favor of employers. A statewide shortage of registered nurses has eased a year longer than expected by the Idaho Department of Labor. But while hospitals have a ready ...

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State will audit Medicaid claims provider

The Idaho Office of Performance Evaluation will investigate the state’s problems with Molina Medicaid Solutions, the contractor that was hired to process Medicaid claims and reimburse health providers. Reps. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, and Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, requested that the ...

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Health practitioners seek to take charge of ‘midlevel’ title (access required)

When Ted Epperly, president of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, hears medical staff described with the popular shorthand term “midlevel,” he winces. “I try not to use the term,” said Epperly, a physician who runs the Family Medicine Residency of ...

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Machines take over wash day (access required)

Treasure Valley’s largest laundry is moving its operations this spring from a 10,000-foot basement on Jefferson Street to expansive new quarters on Federal Way. With the laundry will go a half-century tradition that had hospital laundry from all over town ...

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Saltzer to open family practice clinic in Caldwell (access required)

The physician-owned Saltzer Medical Group is opening a new family practice clinic in Caldwell next summer. The Nampa-based company has hired two physicians from out of state for its clinic, which will be housed in offices already occupied by Saltzer ...

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