Spokane Journal of Business

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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...

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...

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...

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...

ACA is reshaping small-group health insurance markets

ACA is reshaping small-group health insurance markets

2013 is a critical year for the implementation of federal health care reform taking place in 2014, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers likely recall a first wave of implementation of the law in 2010, but the biggest changes to...

Viren & Associates focuses on diverse financial advice

Viren & Associates focuses on diverse financial advice

Viren & Associates Inc., a Spokane-based financial planning and employee benefits advisory company, has remained viable for almost 20 years by diversifying the services it offers clients, says Paul Viren, managing principal there. Viren, who in...

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