Health care

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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ISU Foundation talks about buying old hospital

Dec 24th, 2015 | By
Michael O'Donnell/Idaho State Journal
The ISU Foundation is talking to the Portneuf Health Care Foundation about the possible purchase of the old hospital complex on Memorial Drive in Pocatello.

By Michael H. O’Donnell POCATELLO — As snow swirls across the empty parking lot and collects along the edge of the old Bannock Hospital that served as the west campus of Portneuf Medical Center, talks continue to find a use for the property. Involved in what Idaho State University Foundation Chairman Arlo Luke calls
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Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to autism, study says

Dec 15th, 2015 | By

 By Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Women who took a class of widely used antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy were roughly twice as likely as those who did not to have a child who would later receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, says a new study. The new research,
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Idaho Doctors’ Hospital receives award for excellent patient experience

Nov 24th, 2015 | By
Photo provided by Bingham Memorial Hospital
CEO Louis Kraml holds the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience awarded to the Idaho Doctors' Hospital.

BLACKFOOT — The Idaho Doctors’ Hospital at Bingham Memorial Hospital received the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience on Tuesday.

‘Inconceivable’? Not with new fertility clinic in Idaho Falls

Nov 20th, 2015 | By
Deirdre Conway, right, reproductive endocrinologist, talks to a patient recently.

By Greg Eichelberger For the Journal IDAHO FALLS — Although most couples can conceive through much less aggressive and less expensive treatments than in vitro fertilization (IVF), providing this service locally for those who need it is a huge benefit. Before the Idaho Fertility Center opened in Idaho Falls in July, clients were forced to
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Hyperbaric treatment helps veterans with PTSD

Nov 13th, 2015 | By
Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Journal
Pastor Jim Jones, left, and Thomas Dixon, right, are both Navy veterans who treated their PTSD with hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Idaho Doctors Hospital Healing Center in Pocatello with hyperbaric wound specialist Jeff Hampsten, center.

By Cydney McFarland POCATELLO — For veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder, many of the medications and therapies prescribed by Veterans Affairs aren’t giving them the quality of life they want. Jeff Hampsten and Jeff Ellis at Idaho Doctors Hospital Healing Center in Pocatello may have an answer: hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
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Idaho prepares to let 25 sick children use marijuana extract

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

BOISE (AP) — Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment. An April executive order from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the
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