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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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State seeks to increase required immunizations for kids (access required)

State health officials want to increase immunization requirements for children in daycare or school and to shift enforcement from the schools to the Department of Health and Welfare. The change, which the board of Health and Welfare will consider at ...

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Expansion for SE Idaho VA clinic could take years

POCATELLO – There are no imminent plans for the Veterans Health Administration clinic in southeastern Idaho to expand to a new, larger facility anytime soon. Just a week ago, leaders in Pocatello said they were optimistic the Veterans Health Administration ...

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