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Blue Cross of Idaho takes minority stake in medical group (access required)

Primary Health Medical Group has received an undisclosed cash infusion from Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service Inc. to help expand its business in the Treasure Valley. The minority investment in the Boise-based medical group will support growth initiatives, the ...

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Bill to license Idaho naturopathic doctors signed into law

Legislation creating a licensing path in Idaho for naturopathic medical doctors has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. Little on Monday signed into law the legislation allowing the state to issue licenses to those who have graduated from ...

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Ketchum hospital granted trauma center status (access required)

St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center has begun operating as a Level IV Trauma Center, the hospital announced. The Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Center granted trauma center accreditation to the Ketchum medical center on March 12. St. Luke’s Wood River ...

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Mental health providers open for business (access required)

More local services now are available in the Treasure Valley for people who need mental health care – from an intensive hospital stay to outpatient therapy. Providers with varying business models are working toward better mental health with the recent ...

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Primary Health Medical Group opens pediatric urgent care in Meridian (access required)

Primary Health Medical Group has opened the metro area’s first clinic with a strong focus on pediatric urgent care. That’s good news for the Valley’s parents and guardians, who will be the first to tell you that kids never get ...

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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 Regional Medical Center in Boise.

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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