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HIPAA audits have begun (access required)

All entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act must get ready – audits of privacy and security compliance under the Act have officially begun. Under the auspices of the 2009 HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and ...

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Department of Labor proposes rules to cut down on health care fraud (access required)

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has proposed two new rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aimed at cracking down on heath care fraud and protecting businesses and workers whose health benefits are provided through ...

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Healing at -200 degrees (access required)

Boise chiropractor Dr. Jason Watson is hoping to heal patients and set his practice apart by offering a super-cold treatment called whole body cryotherapy. The therapy has been used by topflight athletes in hopes of speeding recuperation from tough workouts. ...

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Saint Alphonsus ordered to pay $52M to former MRI partner

A jury has ordered a Boise hospital to pay $52 million to an MRI company for violating a partnership agreement it had with the company. The award is one of the largest to ever come out of the Idaho district ...

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Bill would cut regulatory red tape in U.S. for medical devices (access required)

Legislation that would streamline the regulatory process for some medical devices has been filed in the U.S. Senate. The Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act, S. 1700, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., would ...

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Washington State breaks ground on new medical school in Spokane

Officials broke ground Oct. 5 on a new medical school building at Washington State University’s Spokane campus. The $70 million building is intended to produce more doctors for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho will also be the new home of a ...

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Annual IBR Health Care Heroes event draws community support

It took Nancy Casperson 30 tries to conquer her smoking habit. Then she founded Quit and Live Global, an organization devoted to helping people quit. So far, she’s worked with more than 10,000 tobacco users and helped nearly 4,000 kick ...

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Boise council moves ahead with banning smoking in bars, parks (access required)

It may be lights out for lighting up in Boise bars and parks. The Boise City Council is moving forward with plans to extend the smoking tobacco ban to include bars, parks, private clubs and tobacco shops. The city council ...

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Delta Dental trims payments to dentists (access required)

Hundreds of Idaho dentists will see fees from one Delta Dental of Idaho plan cut by an average 8 percent in November. The insurance company, which is the market leader in the state, hopes the savings will spur more employers ...

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Health groups seek to snuff out e-cigarette sales to minors (access required)

A movement to keep electronic cigarettes away from young people is growing among health educators in northern Idaho, and Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, said he’s considering sponsoring legislation to that end next year. The group of state health districts ...

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