Spokane Journal of Business

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Preparation could curb looming nurse shortage

Preparation could curb looming nurse shortage

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act entered the national conversation a few years ago, for most people, 2014 seemed distant in the future. Today, the future is at our doorstep. If the Washington state legislature decides during a...

Spokane global health research niche eyed by WSU

Spokane global health research niche eyed by WSU

Research being conducted at Washington State University in Pullman could have important implications for the planned medical school here when a branch of the university's Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health starts operating in Spokane, of...

Wellness incentives stir increased participation

Spokane-area employers that offer wellness programs in some cases are seeing an uptick in employee participation, in part because incentives for participation have become more compelling.Kathy Worden, co-owner of Spokane-based Workwell LLC, a...

Using electronic records to help prioritize ICU admissions

A national shortage of critical-care physicians and beds means difficult decisions for health care professionals: how to determine which of the sickest patients are most in need of access to the intensive care unit.What if patients' electronic a...

Emergency departments aim for more efficient use

Emergency departments aim for more efficient use

How will the emergency department's role in overall health care delivery change in coming years?Dr. Jeff Collins, chief medical officer, Providence Health Care: In recent years, emergency departments have become the focal point for care in a...

Trying to solve the affordability puzzle at Group Health

Trying to solve the affordability puzzle at Group Health

Like all other health care organizations, Group Health Cooperative is facing a radically changing health care market and the pressure of rising costs. But from chaos, comes opportunity. We are adapting in ways that put our patients' needs at the to...

WSU Spokane readies for second-year med school students

WSU Spokane readies for second-year med school students

Thanks to a two-year pilot program set to start in the fall, medical students in all four years of medical school soon will receive education and training based at the Riverpoint Campus, in Spokane. Even before that pilot program starts, public and...

Integrated cancer care: Best future path for patients

Integrated cancer care: Best future path for patients

We are prevailing in the war against cancer, driven by a better understanding of genetics and the development of new targeted treatments specific to each individual patient. There have been tremendous advances in cancer care in the last decade....

Many expect to navigate ACA, continue to offer benefits

Many expect to navigate ACA, continue to offer benefits

What impact do you expect to see as employers are faced with the choice of offering health care insurance to employees or paying a required alternate fee?Val Fields, director of human resources, Associated Industries: Whether loved or loathed...

Countdown to employers' rules under health care law

Countdown to employers' rules under health care law

Spokane-area businesses face significant decisions this year centered on employee health benefits, as major provisions of federal health care reform legislation take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, reshaping insurance coverage in the U.S. In basic most...

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