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Idaho steps up efforts to increase childhood vaccinations (access required)

Idaho health officials are taking several important steps this year to raise the childhood vaccination rate, which is among the lowest in the country. A new Idaho Department of Health and Welfare rule due to be published Sept. 1 will ...

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Hospitals, physicians prepare for likely outcomes of health care reform (access required)

The leaders of insurers, hospitals and other businesses deeply invested in the outcome of health care reform are waiting to see what changes the complex bill will bring. Meanwhile, some sectors of the industry are already reshaping themselves to accommodate ...

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Medicaid payor head addresses payment delays

J. Mario Molina, the physician who is the head of Idaho’s Medicaid provider, apologized in person Aug. 23 for his company’s delay in making payments to thousands of Idaho health care providers. Molina, the president and CEO of Molina Healthcare ...

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PacificSource plans relocation of Boise office

PacificSource Health Plans plans to move its Boise office into a new space at 408 E. Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise. Marketing Communications Manager Colleen Thompson confirmed the office’s 61 employees will relocate into the 16,531-square-foot space sometime in October. Improvements ...

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St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus sign physicians en masse (access required)

Idaho’s largest health care provider, St. Luke’s Health System, has quietly been getting larger, as has its competitor, Saint Alphonsus. Each, during the past year, has recruited physicians to work directly for the hospital, often acquiring entire practices with physicians, ...

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After 17 years, a new leader for Idaho’s Mountain States Group (access required)

Mountain States Group, a non-profit organization that provides health and human service programs around Idaho and in some other states, has a new executive director. Christopher Tilden, 46, left a job with rural health and health systems development at the ...

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Big changes under way to Valley hospital record-keeping (access required)

Changes in the way medical records are recorded and stored will affect thousands of providers and patients in the Treasure Valley. St. Luke’s Health System trustees are voting July 27 on an electronic medical records system that is expected to ...

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St. Luke’s tells employees personal info lost

Several thousand employees and former employees of St. Luke’s Health System are being advised to check their credit reports after a tape containing personal information was lost by a company hired to study the hospital system’s health insurance. A human ...

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