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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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Idaho exchange moves from crisis to crisis

Problems weighing down Idaho’s insurance exchange were underscored the week of Oct. 21 when the Internet health care marketplace’s leaders predicted they now must enroll 5,000 people per month for coverage through March to meet 2014 goals. In fact, even ...

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Idaho lawmakers call for contract cancellation

Two state lawmakers called Oct. 21 for cancellation of a nearly $375,000 no-bid contract awarded to one of the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange’s own board members. Republicans Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell and Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon, both ...

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Brokers simplify, confuse health exchange shopping

This month’s glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by ...

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Idaho exchange projects fee hike

Idaho insurance exchange leaders could hike a fee on individual policies by nearly 75 percent within two years because existing assessments may be insufficient to sustain the Internet health coverage marketplace’s operations, emails show. The $70 million Your Health Idaho ...

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