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Idaho allows carriers to reinstate insurance plans

Idaho will let insurance carriers reinstate coverage for thousands of people who were due to have policies canceled under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Dec. 3 he’s asked insurance carriers to consider reinstating coverage ...

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Montana insurer gets loan to expand into Idaho

A nonprofit health insurer in Montana has been granted another $27 million in federal funding to expand into Idaho. The Montana Health CO-OP announced its potential expansion on Dec. 2, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported. MHC President and CEO Jerry ...

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Idaho hospitals focus on family as luxury trends sweep industry (access required)

All they need are mints on the pillows. Hospitals nationwide are embracing trends that pump up the luxury in private patient rooms. Large flat-screen TVs, private refrigerators, new furniture and unlimited Internet access – the sort of amenities that have long defined ...

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ZoomCare to open second Treasure Valley clinic (access required)

ZoomCare, a medical clinic with a convenience-based care and business model, is opening its second Treasure Valley office at The Village at Meridian. The new clinic will be open in mid-January, spokesman Len Bergstein said Nov. 18. It will have ...

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Just 338 Idahoans selected exchange insurance

Just 338 people selected health coverage via Idaho’s insurance exchange during its glitch-plagued first month. Your Health Idaho’s enrollee figures were released Nov. 13 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which also released statistics for the nation’s ...

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Idaho doctors brace for a surge in primary care demand (access required)

Improved preventive care is a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and once health insurance exchange plans take effect Jan. 1, health care providers expect demand for those services to increase. Meeting that demand could be ...

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Adoption of digital prescriptions skyrockets in U.S. (access required)

The number of health care providers writing and submitting patient prescriptions electronically is eight times higher than it was four years ago, and Idaho rates are ahead of the curve, according to government statistics. The national study, conducted by the ...

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Hospitals, doctors struggle with digital revolution (access required)

Despite the threat of lower Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements for those who lag behind, Idaho providers have been slow to adopt electronic medical records. Health care providers had shelled out millions of dollars to properly deploy electronic record-keeping systems before ...

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