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Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease. As of Tuesday, there were 63 confirmed cases ...

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181 Saint Alphonsus jobs impacted in parent company restructuring (access required)

Saint Alphonsus Health System, which operates three hospitals in the Treasure Valley, will lose 181 jobs as part of a larger consolidation and modernization of the billing department by parent Trinity Health. The changes, which were announced Feb. 6, will ...

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The doctor is dispensing: MEDeRX offers web-based prescription platform (access required)

Before there were pharmacies in such large numbers, the family doctor was the primary dispenser of most commonly used medications. These days, an old idea is new again, and a Boise-based company is playing a part, thanks to its web-based ...

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Demand for high-tech health help grows during cold stretch

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A health-care system in western Michigan says more than 400 people used an online service to seek help for non-emergencies during the extreme cold spell. Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids says MedNow typically sees 250 ...

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Prescription for the future? Clinic offers services for monthly fee (access required)

Dr. Jamie Faught did something recently that many of her colleagues could probably only dream of:  She gave up a conventional medical practice to start one that’s free of the rules and paperwork that go with health insurance. The new ...

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ISU pharmacology program targets psychologists (access required)

Idaho State University will launch a Master of Science degree program in clinical psychopharmacology this fall that will eventually allow psychologists to prescribe drugs to their patients in the course of their practice. The program will target post-doctoral students with ...

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Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Health officials in southwestern Idaho are warning medical care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles because of an outbreak in western Washington that has sickened at least 26 people. Officials with Southwest District Health in Caldwell, ...

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center names new president (access required)

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center has a new leader. Andrew Cosentino, vice president of the neurosciences institute and rehabilitation and performance medicine at Swedish Health System in Seattle, now is running the flagship hospital of the Saint Alphonsus Health System. ...

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