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Patient-centered care leads industry improvements

I’m a pretty healthy guy, but I have spent much of my life in and around hospitals. My mother volunteered for one local hospital, and my father served on another’s board. ...

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Shift away from fee-for-service payments gears up

Medicare’s recent announcement of new goals to pay health care providers for the quality of care provided rather than the quantity of services rendered marks a clear change in direction for the industry’s future, health executives say, but it’s a pa...

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Providence Health Care begins to reap ACA benefits

Amid the turbulent ongoing statewide and national debates over health care policy and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act last year, Elaine Couture, CEO of Providence Health Care, remains optimistic that the complex law will push health care pro...

Placing a sharper focus on four key areas in 2015

Despite being five years into the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care industry is still faced with immense change and uncertainty. While insurers and health care providers continue to learn and adapt, individuals and employers also are adjusting to...

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Kootenai Health’s goal to become a regional center

Kootenai Health is much more than the community hospital it was just a few years ago, before it began implementing its current strategic plan, says Jeremy Evans, the Coeur d’Alene-based health system’s vice president of operations. ...

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Doctors launching virtual dermatology service here

Three doctors have teamed up to form a teledermatology company here, called Virtual Dermatologic LLC, in an effort to give patients easier and faster access to dermatologists, says Monte Zarlingo, a board-certified radiologist and co-owner of Virtual Derm...

Quality health care at lower cost isn’t an oxymoron

Jumbo shrimp. Routine emergency. We’ve all seen examples of oxymora — seemingly contradictory terms in juxtaposition. Some might say that “higher quality, lower cost” is an oxymoron when it comes to health care. ...

Big rural health gathering to be held here in March

What’s touted to be the Northwest’s largest gathering on rural health will take place here March 17-19 during two conferences that are expected to draw health professionals from Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, organizers say. ...

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North Idaho group starts work on medical campus

A group of medical professionals affiliated with Northwest Specialty Hospital, in Post Falls, is developing another complex near the hospital that’s to be called Syringa Medical Campus, says Darron Rock, a spokesman for the group, North Idaho Surgical H...

Work-site clinic operator targets big Spokane-area employers

AnovaWorks PLLC, a Wenatchee-based company that works with larger employers to provide health care services on or near their premises to help them reduce costs, says it’s expanding its services into the Spokane area and North Idaho. ...

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