Stories tagged: health care
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 10:17 p.m.
Nurses in the Providence hospital system are preparing for strikes after ten months of contract negotiations have produced little progress.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:01 p.m.
Families with children who have personal or philosophical exemptions to the MMR vaccination will have to vaccinate their children or get a different exemption before school starts this fall. But …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Chiang has led Empire Health Foundation as its first and only president since the nonprofit was formed following the sale of Deaconess and Valley hospitals in 2008. The 51-year-old is …
Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 5 a.m.
Wheat harvest reaped grain and abundant goodwill as Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer
Farmers came together to help a neighbor harvest 1,200 acres in six hours after learning that Larry Yockey knew he would not be able to cut his wheat after he …
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “
Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 4:15 p.m.
A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court …
Thu., Aug. 8, 2019
Doctors are finding that they need more approvals from insurance companies before their patients can get routine care like medical scans or some prescriptions. Insurers say they are reviewing more …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2019
WSU Medical School, Empire Health Foundation share $10.5 million grant to expand rural health care access
Premera Blue Cross announced Wednesday $10.5 million in grant funding to the WSU College of Medicine and the Empire Health Foundation to expand access to rural health care.
Sun., July 28, 2019
After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover
Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …
UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:42 p.m.
A National Institutes of Health program is collecting medical data in Spokane this week as part of a nationwide effort to gather information that will fuel research and promote individualized, …
Fri., July 19, 2019
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Nurses and health care workers in the Providence hospital system are protesting changes to their benefits plan, while the nonprofit defends the move.
UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
A local long-term care home for children with intensive medical needs closed on Monday, after the Department of Children, Youth and Families suspended its license.
Thu., July 11, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
A new study finds shortening hours for doctors during residency training hasn’t harmed patients. Researchers wanted to know whether limiting trainee doctors to 80-hour weeks affected the quality of care.
UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 10:07 p.m.
With a new community clinic set to open in mid-2020, residents of East Central will see improved access to dental care.
UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 10:35 a.m.
Finding role models in medicine: Program at WSU Spokane inspires high schoolers to explore health sciences
Medicine is not a field for the squeamish. Just ask Danna Rosales, a high school senior from Kennewick who had an up-close experience with a human cadaver last week at …
UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 11:32 a.m.
Spokane hospitals say operating rooms clean after mold sickens five and kills one at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Spokane-area health care providers explain their infection controls, following report that one patient died and five others were infected by mold in operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the …
Thu., June 13, 2019, 9:12 a.m.
A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature Thursday.
Sun., June 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
Washington regulators target faith-based health care firm that Spokane Valley woman says scammed her
They’re protected from state regulation and are the health coverage of choice for about 25,000 Washington residents. But one Spokane Valley woman is among two dozen statewide who say they …
Fri., June 7, 2019, 6 a.m.
A dentist chimes in on potential concerns about oral health and cannabis use.
UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
Health care is moving closer to patients. Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the …
Wed., May 29, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: Medical Society debate shows the debate over paying for health care isn’t new
The Spokane Medical Society was considering a proposal to expel members who had contracts with companies to provide care for their employees.
UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:50 a.m.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson files a legal challenge to Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that allows health care providers to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs.
UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 6:09 p.m.
U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a $2.125 million gene therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within …
Sat., May 18, 2019
Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to …
Sun., May 12, 2019, 10:10 p.m.
Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:39 p.m.
Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center held a second demonstration Thursday afternoon to keep pressure on the hospital system amid drawn-out contract negotiations.
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 10:47 p.m.
Trump wants quick action by Congress to end ‘surprise medical bills’
Sat., May 4, 2019, 5 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s new executive order to strengthen health care providers’ religious right to refusal is just another attack on the sexual and reproductive health of women and the LGBT …
Sat., May 4, 2019
SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …