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Health plans in state rise dramatically in second year

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange board of directors last month provided final certification of Qualified Health Plans to be offered through Washington Healthplanfinder during the second open enrollment period. ...

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New employer-owned health care plan launches here

Spokane-based Rockwood Health System has partnered with Cary, N.C.-based health care technology company Physician Care Direct to offer its Employer Health Ownership Plan (EHOP) here as an alternative to traditional third-party health insurance plans. ...

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Sacred Heart adds recently approved surgical robot

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has bought and installed the newest generation of the DaVinci robotic surgery device, a machine that’ it expects will enable it to perform surgeries it hadn’t been able to do robotically. ...

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Insurance broker aims to simplify Obamacare

Independent insurance broker Robert S. Welk, who owns Welk Security & Trust on Spokane’s North Side, isn’t interested in offering his personal views on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as the Affordable Care Act or O...

Providence Holy Family in mediation with union

The Seattle-based Washington State Nurses Association, which represents more than 400 registered nurses at Providence Holy Family Hospital in north Spokane, are in mediation talks with hospital administrators over pay that they contend lags behind that of...

INHS CEO Tom Fritz to retire

Inland Northwest Health Services CEO Tom Fritz will retire at the end of this year, the organization announced today. Fritz, 62, has served as CEO of INHS for 16 years. The organization, which operates St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Northwest M...

Suit by former Rockwood Clinic CFO gets green light

A former chief financial officer for Rockwood Clinic PS who claims he essentially was fired for refusing to doctor an earnings projection for the big health provider network here can proceed to trial with his lawsuit for wrongful discharge, an appellate c...

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When domestic violence comes into the workplace

Kristen Otoupalik, longtime friend of Sheena Henderson, 30, who was killed by her husband Christopher Henderson, 37, at Deaconess Hospital last month, says she never will forget the text she received from her friend minutes before the shooting where Sheen...

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Life sciences recruitment startup launches here

Two veterans of the life sciences industry have partnered to form a new biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry talent recruitment business here, called Celere LLC. Former Jubilant HollisterStier CEO Marcelo Morales and Justin Rayment, who owns a sepa...

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