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Biz ‘Bite:’ ICOM receives full accreditation, graduates inaugural class (access required)

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) announced on May 16 that it has received full accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). This milestone signifies that the college has received final approval to offer ...

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Idaho announces $119M opioid crisis settlement (access required)

Idaho officials on Friday announced a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said it’s the second-largest ...

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Work together to solve Idaho’s physician shortage (access required)

On May 13, 2022, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will graduate its inaugural class of 145 students. Establishment of the Meridian-based college was announced by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Feb. 26, 2016. The college was to ...

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Idaho health care provider reports climbing COVID cases (access required)

Coronavirus cases are again edging upward in parts of Idaho, prompting some health care officials to urge renewed caution for big gatherings. “The data in the last 10 days is quite striking,” said Dr. David Peterman, the CEO of Primary ...

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Idaho health care announcements (access required)

Idaho least expensive state for therapy sources, according to Zencare   Idaho is being recognized as one of the least expensive states to receive therapy services, according to a recent study from Zencare, a leading online marketplace for therapists. The study, ...

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Survey of 2022 Idaho Health Care Legislation (access required)

The Idaho 2022 Legislative Session saw the passage and approval of 333 bills, six of which were vetoed, and 327 were passed, 325 of which were signed by Gov. Brad Little and two became law without signature. Out of all ...

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Northwest Specialty Hospital adds knee-replacement robotics, awards  (access required)

Orthopedic surgeons at the physician-owned Northwest Specialty Hospital (NWSH) in Post Falls now have access to the newest in surgical robotics. The new technology came months after NWSH earned a distinction for expertise in total knee and hip replacement surgeries.  ...

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Biz ‘Bite:’ Another Intermountain Healthcare merger (access required)

The new Saltzer Health 24/7 clinic on the ground floor of the Saltzer Building at Ten Mile Crossing.

After the failed merger with Sanford Health in December 2020, Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare will now merge with Colorado-based SCL Health. The merger received final approval from the Colorado Department of Law on March 31. Intermountain owns health care ...

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Biz ‘Bites:’ Idaho hospital bed and physician drought

The number of hospital beds in Idaho increased from 3,311 in 2015 to 3,535 in 2020, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) analysis released on March 25. In comparison, the number of beds per 1,000 people dropped from 2.01 ...

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