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Small-employer health insurance to evolve in ’14

The last few months of news have not been kind to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Implementation of the Exchange has been smooth in Washington state compared with the badly flawed rollout of healthcare.gov nationally. But, regardless of ...

Next-generation pathology is close to being reality

When I was young, my father would take me to the lab on weekends. He would look at smears of blood under the microscope, place samples on circular blood plates to allow bacteria to grow, and type out biopsy and pap test reports by himself on a typewriter ...

Many employers hanging tough with dental coverage

The beginning of the New Year brought a lot of change in our health care system. Business owners and employees had many decisions to make. The changes in medical coverage from the Affordable Care Act and the challenges with enrollment were overwhelming—...

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Fitness industry goes specialized in Spokane area

As more movements emerge in the health and fitness industry, especially in niche markets, Spokane’s fitness entrepreneurs and larger gyms are taking steps to keep up with the times. Targeted workouts such as yoga, Pilates, Pure Barre, spinning, and Z...

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Most small companies in Spokane area see health plan costs increase

Spokane-area businesses with fewer than 50 employees are seeing some of the larger hikes in employer-sponsored health plan premiums this year, though it depends on factors such as the insurance carrier and employees’ ages, brokers say. As individuals a...

Providence to add pediatric practice

Providence Medical Group, of Spokane, announced this afternoon that it has agreed to add Pediatric Associates of Spokane, in which five physicians and two nurse practitioners work, to its physician practice. Pediatric Associates is expected to join the...

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Sacred Heart, Deaconess to boost cardiac, emergency care

Spokane’s two largest hospitals, both located on Spokane’s lower South Hill, are planning sizable expansion and remodel projects this year with a total value of $13.4 million, records on file with the city of Spokane show. In one project, Providence ...

Decision affirms hospice service’s need certificate

A Washington state appellate court panel here has upheld a lower-court finding that Liberty Lake-based Family Home Care Corp. met the certificate-of-need requirements to provide hospice services in Spokane County. The case stemmed from a lawsuit that n...

Pair opens health clinic in renovated Valley space

A physician assistant-owned medical clinic recently opened in the Spokane Valley under the name Optimal Healthcare Inc. Physician assistant Kevin Bichler and his wife, Janice Jordan-Bichler, are the owners of the general medicine and family medicine clin...

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Overall vascular health should be factored into varicose vein options, physician says

Women should talk to health providers about overall vascular health when looking for relief from symptoms caused by varicose veins, says Dr. Stephen Murray, a surgeon at the Providence Vascular Institute, in Spokane. Females seeking medical procedures t...

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