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Texas health insurer ordered not to do business in Idaho (access required)

UPDATED (Updates to show Altrua plans to appeal) The Idaho Department of Insurance has ordered a faith-based “health share” company to cease doing business in Idaho. Austin, Texas-based Altrua HealthShare is a membership organization that bills itself as an alternative ...

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Nampa home health company is banking on baby boomers (access required)

An at-home caregiving service that moved its headquarters to Boise in 2009 is banking on the baby boomers as it plans a nationwide expansion. Assisting Hands, a Nampa-based franchise system, opened a half-dozen new offices last year around the country ...

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Health magazine co. teams up with KTVB (access required)

A Boise company that produces health magazines has teamed up with KTVB-TV to provide local health-oriented content for the television station’s website. Healthy Idaho is a two-person company that distributes 20,000 magazines each month to physician waiting rooms, hospitals, and ...

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St. Luke’s Health System acquires Intermountain Orthopaedics (access required)

St. Luke’s Health System has bought Intermountain Orthopaedics, the largest orthopedics clinic in Idaho. The Boise-based health system acquired all the physical assets of Intermountain Orthopaedics and now directly employs the group’s 12 physicians, said St. Luke’s spokeswoman Beth Toal. ...

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West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell searches for new CEO (access required)

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell is searching nationally for a new leader after CEO Kathy Moore left to take a job at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. Moore left the 100-bed West Valley Dec. 10. She starts at St. ...

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Legislation would require more clarity in medical titles (access required)

Heather Healy, director of nursing professional practice at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, plans to call herself “Dr. Healy” in some settings after she obtains her nursing doctorate. But with patients, Healy said, she’ll always make it clear she’s a ...

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Workers move toward individual health policies (access required)

At 63, Steve Soran, who owns two restaurants and a catering company in Twin Falls, has a good reason to stay healthy. He pays $600 a month for a policy that won’t pay up unless he meets a $5,000 deductible. ...

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Medicare fix leaves physicians uncertain about future (access required)

When Peggy Munson moved from Weiser to Boise, she couldn’t find a physician willing to take her on as a patient. “They’d ask if I was on Medicare, and I said, ‘Yes,’ and they said they weren’t taking new Medicare ...

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