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Push is on to put medical records online

Those who grew up in the pre-Internet world can remember having little access to their credit reports. Today, consumers easily can check and understand their credit scores online. Similarly, access …


Shriners’ global outreach shrinks

Albanian villagers consider her a miracle worker. She brings their children, those crippled by accidents and birth defects, to the United States, and they return months later healed and wide-eyed …


Deficits may force Shriners to close facility

Parents, former patients and the medical community reeled from Monday’s news that Shriners International may close its children’s hospital in Spokane. The hospital is regarded by many as a city …


Former foes join health care reform call

WASHINGTON – Surrounded by men and women who made their careers killing health care reform in the past, President Barack Obama on Thursday reiterated his pledge to enact comprehensive legislation …


Smart Bombs: Unhealthy debate

I’m skeptical that President Barack Obama can reach his ambitious goals on the budget deficit and health care, because he can’t meet the former without radical changes to the latter. …


Obama pitches health reform

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is proposing to begin a vast expansion of the U.S. health care system by creating a $634 billion reserve fund over the next decade, launching …


Smart Bombs: First, check your ego

If you are about to undergo surgery, here are two simple tips that could save your life. State your name and ask the physicians if they have been introduced to …


On health care, stimulus skips many in middle class

WASHINGTON – John Peeler, an unemployed computer technician in South Carolina, soon might obtain health insurance for his wife and three children. Four months after being laid off, he is …


Combat costs by becoming more active in the process

It’s easy to feel that health care decisions are out of your control. Doctors order tests and prescribe drugs. Follow-up appointments are scheduled automatically. The default position for health care …


As health costs shift, education is best bet

Whatever you pay for your health care, chances are good that it’s going up. The basic costs of procedures and services have been rising steadily for years. Employers have been …


Save money on health care? Can be done

It’s easy to feel that health care decisions are out of your control. Doctors order tests and prescribe drugs. Follow-up appointments are scheduled automatically. The default position for health-care providers …


Health care decisions take active participation

Whatever you pay for your health care, chances are good that it’s going up. The basic costs of procedures and services have been rising steadily for years. Employers have been …


Snow no obstacle for kidney transplant

SEATTLE – Kidney patient Dorothy Beaver and kidney transplant surgeon Ramasamy Bakthavatsalam were both snowed in when the telephone call came. They were told they had to get to the …


Drug pairings often risky, study warns

CHICAGO – At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix – from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to …


Medicare gap has patients, lawmakers calling for reform

WASHINGTON – Master toolmaker John McClain built machine parts with details so small they couldn’t be seen with the naked eye. Then a lump on his neck turned out to …


Delayed vision

Thousands of children enrolled in Washington’s Medicaid program have waited months for new eyeglasses. The backlog can be traced to new security protocols and computer software at the Airway Heights …


Senate hopefuls differ on health care

BOISE – Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden traveled Thursday to Idaho to tout his bipartisan health care reform legislation and campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Larry LaRocco. Wyden and LaRocco presided …


Focus health system on patient, not profit

On Aug. 1, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The biopsies of both the lymph node and breast came back positive with “poorly differentiated” cancer. This means the cancer …


Wounds of war

The attack that was to end Cpl. Ian Anderson’s career in the Marines began with the explosion of rocket-propelled grenades, followed by rifle fire from an unseen enemy less than …


Many Surgeons Work In War Zone

William Schwab hasn’t ever gone to war, but the 51-year-old surgeon says he sometimes thinks he’s in one. “We average about 500 gunshot wounds a year,” said Schwab, chief of …


Heart Attack Victims Often Aren’t Given Proven Treatments Studies: Women, Minorities, Elderly Least Likely To Get Therapies

As many as 32,000 U.S. heart attack victims die every year because hospitals don’t give them proven therapies, from an aspirin tablet costing pennies to a $2,300 dose of clot-busting …


Doctors Flunk Identification Of Heart Sounds

Doctors who were almost finished with their training for primary care succeeded only 20 percent of the time in identifying major abnormal heart sounds using a stethoscope, a study found. …


Canadian Doctors Turn Away Patients Action To Protest Salary Cap, Cutback On Fees

Disgruntled Ontario doctors have begun turning away new patients to protest government cutbacks and restrictions affecting medical care in the province. Groups representing about 10,000 family doctors urged their members …


30 Violations Found At Cheney Nursing Home Center Barred From Admitting New Patients, May Face Loss Of Medicare, Medicaid Funds

The state’s crackdown on nursing homes continues as the Cheney Care Center was recently cited for more than 30 violations. For the first time in at least 10 years, the …


Idaho, Washington Hospitals Join Forces

After going different directions, the hospitals in Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Wash., are joining together to shape managed health care in the valley. About two months ago, they started talking …


Woes Pile Up At Two Troubled Nursing Homes Valleycrest, Southcrest Can’t Take New Patients Until Inspections Passed

A company accused of letting a woman go hungry in one Spokane nursing home now is suspected of improperly investigating unexplained bruises in a second home. State officials are forbidding …


Empty Bed Syndrome Hits Health Care Cost-Cutting Has Hospitals, Nursing Homes Vying For ‘Transitional’ Patients

Beverly Enterprises carpenter Richard Parker, left, and superintendent Gary Schumacher make room for a lift to take patients to an ultrasonic therapy tub. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


It’s Enough To Make You … Not Get Sick

Aericans have asked for cheaper medical care, and by golly, they’re going to get it. A whole new industry, employing legions of clerks and computers, has grown up around our …


Physicians Reach Out Doctor-Less Rathdrum May Benefit From National Trend: More Rural Facilities

1. Dr. James Joy and other doctors are ready to open the new Medical Arts Center in Kellogg today. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Doctors hope to use this …