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Otter names members of two groups to examine health reform efforts (access required)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed 26 people to two separate working groups that will examine how the state should act on two separate planks of upcoming federal health care reform. The two groups will study whether Idaho should expand Medicaid ...

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Suspended midwives’ birthing center gets new name

An Idaho birthing center has taken a new name after midwives there were suspended earlier this year following a state investigation into babies that died. A certificate of organization for New Beginnings Baby Place LLC was filed June 5 with ...

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Direct Health program springs up in Idaho Falls

For pharmacist Mike Merrill of Idaho Falls, getting cash up front is always better. Anytime he deals with an insurance company, the money coming Merrill’s way first goes through a pharmacy benefit manager. “They always take their chunk out of ...

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Compounding pharmacies balance patient needs, insurance coverage (access required)

The generic antacid Lansoprazole is often prescribed to infants with acid reflux, but the medication is only available in baby-unfriendly tablets or capsules. Compounding pharmacies offer patients another option: adapting the medication to fit specific needs. In one of these ...

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Medical suppliers scramble to keep up with surging Medicare audits (access required)

Brownfield’s Prosthetics and Orthotics employee Melanie Stohner is much busier than she used to be. She handles billing, compliance and accreditation for the Boise medical equipment supplier, and since January, she’s been working weekends. The workload explosion comes not from ...

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For some Idaho groups, health reform battle will continue

Idaho policymakers and businesses have a better idea of the job ahead now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that federal health reform efforts are constitutional. There are still many decisions to be made. Many provisions of the law, ...

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EMR networks connect health care providers statewide

St. Luke’s Health System is installing a $100 million electronic medical records system that will allow its providers throughout southern Idaho to see the same information for each patient. But if a patient sees a provider outside the St. Luke’s ...

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Hospital claims conspiracy by Bingham County officials (access required)

Officials at Bingham Memorial Hospital in eastern Idaho have filed a tort claim against two Bingham County officials, contending they conspired to oust six hospital administrators and certain hospital board members. Hospital officials say the negative publicity generated by County ...

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Strong health care industry shifting focus to outpatient care (access required)

Idaho’s health care industry powered through the recession, experiencing steady growth throughout the past decade, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. During that period of growth, ambulatory health care services overtook hospitals as Idaho’s No. 1 health care industry ...

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Most med-mal cases dismissed, AMA study says (access required)

Almost 55 percent of all medical malpractice cases are dismissed and less than 5 percent make it to trial, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association. Further, most of the cases that go to trial – ...

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