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Idaho Business Review honors health care heroes (access required)

It took now ex-smoker Nancy Casperson 30 tries to conquer her smoking habit. Then she founded Quit and Live Global, an organization devoted to helping people quit smoking. So far, Caspersen has worked with more than 10,000 who want to ...

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St. Benedicts in merger discussion with St. Luke’s (access required)

Carl Harris not only lives within a block of St. Benedicts in Jerome but his child was born there, and his mother died there. Like any community hospital, St. Benedicts Family Medical Center has become part of Jerome’s identity.  With ...

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Understanding ‘grandfathered’ status of some health care plans (access required)

Health care reform. It’s a big concept with an even bigger impact on employers and employees alike. Understanding the ins and outs of health care reform can be daunting. However, it’s imperative for employers to know which changes apply and when. ...

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Lawmakers, Otter: Take federal money for exchange

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and many state lawmakers agree: Idaho would be shortsighted to pass up millions of federal dollars to help set up health insurance exchanges, because spurning the cash could mean Washington would impose a plan on Idaho ...

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Idaho reduces payments to Medicaid manager by $3M

Idaho is docking its payment to a Medicaid claim-processing company by $3 million because of the major problems the company had in implementing its new system last year. Meanwhile, the state is still trying to recover nearly $10 million in ...

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Gluten-free producers think big (access required)

Friends Lanae Phillips and Barbie Doherty agree that when they decided to start Sun Flour Mills in 2009, they knew far less than they realized.  “The learning curve was steep and still shocks us,” Phillips said.  Fast forward two years, ...

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Coeur d’Alene Tribe to build new medical center (access required)

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will be kicking off construction this month on its $17 million community medical center.  The 50,000-square-foot Benewah Medical and Wellness Centeron the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation will double the size of the facility in use now, a ...

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Idaho won’t suspend Medicaid payments, after all

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare won’t suspend Medicaid payments to hospitals around the state, after all. A week ago, the agency announced it would suspend them for at least one week because an increase in claims was straining ...

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Upcoming Medicaid changes could snarl payment system again (access required)

Idaho providers who have struggled for several months to be paid through Molina Healthcare, Idaho’s Medicaid administrator, have a new concern on the horizon. Changes in law go into effect July 1 that will add new complications to the reimbursement ...

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10 criminal, 11 civil Medicaid fraud cases in last 13 months; latest results in jail time for Boise chiropractor (access required)

A Boise chiropractor is facing jail time for submitting roughly 3,000 false Medicaid claims over two years. Jerry Cramer, 70, was sentenced June 8 in Fourth District Court to 90 days in jail, and 14 years’ probation. He was ordered ...

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