Health care

Idaho healthcare task force seeks input

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
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Journal Staff BOISE – This summer and fall, a legislative task force will prepare policy recommendations on health care coverage for Idahoans in the health care coverage gap. These recommendations will be considered by the Legislature during the 2017 session.  The task force invites members of the public to submit comments and information for the
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Study: Insurers’ spending on costly meds soared from 2003-14

Jul 7th, 2016 | By
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By Linda A. Johnson/AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The latest study of medicine prices finds U.S. insurers’ spending on expensive prescription drugs nearly quadrupled from 2003 through 2014, when the number of such prescriptions filled tripled. Spending on expensive “specialty” drugs by commercial insurance plans jumped from 11 percent of spending on all
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Idaho dental contract contested on claims of unfair bidding

Jun 16th, 2016 | By
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By Betsy Russell/ The Spokesman-Review BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A $50 million-a-year state contract to provide dental insurance coverage for Idaho’s poor is on hold amid complaints of unfair bidding competition. Blue Cross had held Idaho’s Medicaid dental contract since 2010, but lost its hold on the program serving 277,000 people to Florida-based MCNA Dental, which
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Number of Idaho uninsured declines

May 31st, 2016 | By

Staff Report The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the latest National Health Interview Survey. The survey shows that the uninsured rate for all ages fell to 9.1 percent in 2015, making it the first year in our nation’s history that fewer than 1 in 10 Americans lacked health insurance. In addition, the
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Buff Business: Employers use Gold’s Gym challenge to encourage wellness

May 3rd, 2016 | By
Over the past 12 weeks, employees from four area businesses ran, jumped and lifted their way into better health as part of the inaugural Gold's Gym Buffest Business Challenge.
(Photo by Sarah Glenn)

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal POCATELLO — Over the past 12 weeks, employees from four area businesses ran, jumped and lifted their way into better health. The inaugural Gold’s Gym Buffest Business Challenge pitted Simplot, The Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce, Mountain America Credit Union and Fort Hall Casino employees against each other to see who
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Study: Idaho 5th best state for doctors

Mar 28th, 2016 | By
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Staff Report Idaho was recently ranked the 5th best place for doctors to practice by personal finance website WalletHub. The organization stacked all 50 states and the District of Columbia against each other, comparing their attractiveness to doctors across 11 key metrics. WalletHub looked at factors from wages to medical malpractice payouts to competition for
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Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Feb 8th, 2016 | By

By BRADY McCOMBS & MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends
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Beware of Medicare phone scams

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
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By Dale Dixon/Better Business Bureau One person reported that a scam caller asked him to “update his records” with Medicare. Another person got a call from “Medicare” asking how her knee pain was doing and if she could confirm information. A third person reported another version to Better Business Bureau. He explained, “Caller with a
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Cancer is new leading cause of death in Idaho

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Journal
Dr. David Ririe, a medical oncologist at the Portneuf Cancer Center in Pocatello, says cancer deaths are falling despite the disease being the leading 2014 cause of death in Idaho.

By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com POCATELLO — While cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death nationwide, in Idaho cancer has now taken the top spot, according to the Associated Press. “It has been a gradual trend for many years that cancer has slowly taken over cardiovascular deaths,” said Dr. David Ririe, a medical oncologist
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Old Bannock Hospital faces wrecking ball

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
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The old Portneuf Medical Center campus is to be auctioned for a minimum of $3.5 million.

By Michael H. O’Donnell modonnell@journalnet.com POCATELLO — The old Bannock Hospital located next to the Idaho State University campus has an appointment with a wrecking ball this spring. The Portneuf Health Trust announced Friday it has arranged to purchase all interest in the building and surrounding property from Pocatello Health Systems, LLC., with a cash
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