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St. Luke’s wants to share its successful wellness program (access required)

It took St. Luke’s nearly 15 years to find the “magical” combination that would get almost all its employees engaged with the health giant’s wellness program. In the past two years, executives at St. Luke’s Health System think they’ve found ...

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Small business tax credit excludes many in Idaho (access required)

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is billed as a good way for employers with fewer than 25 full-time – or full-time equivalent – employees to stay competitive and weather upcoming premium increases. The reality in Idaho has been ...

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How to know when the new health care laws apply to your business (access required)

Jan. 1 is the deadline for companies with more than 50 employees to ensure they meet new federal requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For most companies – 96 percent, as tracked by the Small Business Administration – the ...

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It’s a rough road to PPACA compliance (access required)

Employers say they want to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But they are struggling to understand the rules. “Trying to separate the facts versus the myths is a lot of it,” said Dan Jones, an employee ...

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Home health care industry faces leaner growth (access required)

If the growth of the senior citizen population is any indication, the home health care industry should be poised for success. There are more Americans age 65 and older now than ever. Their population has grown 5.3 percent over the ...

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House Calls brings doctors back to doorsteps (access required)

Most people see the physician’s house call as an anachronism. Steven Fuller sees the house call as his ticket into the ballooning health care industry. Fuller, a physician who took care of open heart surgery patients in Washington, D.C., and ...

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Clinic appeals decision to end Medicaid payments

An Eastern Idaho mental health clinic that was suspended from getting Medicaid payments in March filed an appeal late April 24 contesting the state Department of Health and Welfare’s decision to revoke its Medicaid provider status. Health and Welfare spokesman ...

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Idaho: No plan to shift part-timers to exchange

Idaho government officials haven’t discussed mimicking Washington lawmakers who are considering shifting part-time state employees who work less than 30 hours a week to insurance exchanges. The Legislature in Idaho just passed the exchange only a month ago, and Department ...

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