Health care

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

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 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
The old Portneuf Medical Center campus is to be auctioned for a minimum of $3.5 million.

By Michael H. O’Donnell 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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Rexburg lawmaker favors expanding multi-state med school program

Jan 14th, 2016 | By
Dave Goins/Idaho News Service
Idaho Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, left, R-Rexburg, sits with Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, center, R-Oakley, and Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little during Monday afternoon’s State of the State and Budget address by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at the Idaho Capitol building in Boise.

By Dave Goins Idaho News Service BOISE — Saying he supports a proposed Idaho expansion of the five-state WWAMI medical education program, Idaho Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, on Monday disclosed a personal connection with WWAMI. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in his State of the State and Budget address Monday recommended expanding
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Otter unveils new plan to address health care coverage gap

Jan 8th, 2016 | By
Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

By Kimberlee Kruesi Associated Press BOISE — Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter announced a new $30 million program on Thursday that would provide coverage for basic medical care to nearly 78,000 Idahoans caught in a gap where they neither qualify for health insurance subsidies or Medicaid. Otter told reporters at Associated Press Legislative Preview that
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Local provider fights Medicaid cuts

Jan 5th, 2016 | By
Cydney McFarland 
Russell McCoy, executive director of Developmental Options in Pocatello, is one of the providers in the lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare over Medicaid cuts.

By Cydney McFarland POCATELLO — Local in-home health care providers are concerned that the recent cuts to the Medicaid reimbursement rates announced by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will put their services out of reach for the people who need them. Russell McCoy, executive director of Developmental Options in Pocatello, said the
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SmileMakers Dental treats patients free for a day

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Dental hygienist Sherri Jensen, left, and dentist Mitch Driscoll were part of the group at SmileMakers Dental in Pocatello who provided free dental work for around 40 patients on Dec. 23.

By Greg Eichelberger For the Journal  After looking for a way to give back to the community, especially during this time of year, SmileMakers Dental of Pocatello treated more than 40 individuals at no cost Dec. 23. Patients were seen regarding fillings, extractions and even root canal work (these last procedures were at half-price). “At
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