Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Outpatient care limited in ability to lower costs, data show

In an analysis that included a sample of patients in the top portion of Medicare spending, only a small percentage of patients' costs appeared to be related to preventable emergency department visits and hospitalizations, limiting the ability to in...

Extended pediatric office hours said to trim ER visits

Children had half as many emergency department visits if their primary care office had evening office hours on five or more days a week, says new research from child health experts at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, in a...

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Health sciences group works to boost recruiting, grants

Representatives of three Pacific Northwest biomedical companies toured Spokane this spring to consider relocating operations here, under a joint recruitment effort by the Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County and Greater Spokane is...

Air pollution might speed artery hardening, research finds

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the U.S. Sara...

Too few primary care doctors being trained, study says

Despite a critical shortage of primary care in the United States, less than 25 percent of newly minted doctors go into this field and only a small fraction, 4.8 percent, set up shop in rural areas, says a study by researchers at the George School a...

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Ankle replacement interest grows

Ankle replacement surgery, though far less common than knee and hip replacement procedures, gradually is gaining favor as baby boomers age, people become more aware of it as a medical option, and medical technology improves, orthopedic surgeons is...

Washington ranks high in imaging jobs

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance says a newly released national employment analysis it commissioned shows that the medical imaging technology sector employs 2,510 people in Washington state, ranking it ninth among states nationwide.The...

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WSU College of Pharmacy starts the big move

As the newest academic building addition to the University District nears completion, Washington State University is gearing up for the College of Pharmacy to start its move to Spokane from Pullman next month.Gary Pollack, dean of the pharmacy &...

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Banks are boosting small-business focus, adviser says

After working nearly four decades as a commercial banker, Alan Stanford has spent the last few years as an adviser with a Small Business Development Center office in Spokane, showing business owners how to strengthen loan applications, among other...

Delaying succession planning likely to restrict options

As a business owner, what do you hope happens to the business when you retire or die? Will it be closed, sold, or transitioned to family or an employee? Usually, we want something as personal as the business we have developed and nurtured to carry...

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