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Fri., Aug. 24, 2012, 10:47 a.m.

Idaho ‘medical homes’ pilot project gets $40K from providers

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Nine health care-related organizations gave some $40,000 to a state-led effort that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hopes boosts the quality of care and reduces costs, especially for low-income Medicaid recipients. Contributors to Otter's Medical Home pilot project included St. Luke's Health System and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, which gave $5,000 apiece, and Cambia Health Foundation, which gave $10,000. The two-year pilot project aims to refocus health care in Idaho from responding to acute situations to a model where patients develop a relationship with their doctors to coordinate preventative care ― before emergencies arise. Otter first announced this effort two years ago, and his office is taking applications from medical providers for this first two-year phase. His office said selections of up to 15 providers will be done in September.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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