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Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential …


Front Porch: Peers, doctors help with ailments of aging

When I was younger, I, too, used to kind of sigh and do an internal eye roll when I’d hear a group of older people sit around and discuss their …


After four inmate deaths, judge finds medical care at Virginia prison unconstitutional

All four were inmates at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the state prison in central Virginia is failing to provide adequate medical care and …


Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care

People seeking dubious, potentially harmful treatment for cancer and other ailments raised nearly $7 million over two years from crowdfunding sites, a study found.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Inmate sues Department of Corrections over medical care

An inmate is suing the Washington State Department of Corrections for denying him gallbladder surgery because he was close to his release date.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Inmate’s lawsuit says he was denied proper medical care

An Idaho inmate has filed a lawsuit against the state’s prison health care contractor contending he was denied adequate medical care.


Officer: Freddie Gray didn’t appear to need medical care

A Baltimore police officer involved in arresting a black man who later suffered a fatal injury during a police van ride testified at the driver’s disciplinary hearing Tuesday that the …


Fear of immigration policy keeps many away from medical care

The Garfield County sheriff and police chiefs worry that many immigrants will be victimized and never turn to law enforcement for help out of fear that they’ll be deported. That …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

Transgender inmate settles Oregon lawsuit over medical care

The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender inmate who says she was denied medical care.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor

Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Question prices for prescriptions

Why can we compare prices on everything from ketchup to TVs, but we can’t compare prices on drugs?


NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates

There were problems with Spokane County Jail’s health care long before a private contractor, NaphCare Inc., took over. Yet NaphCare’s history in facilities the company contracts with around the country …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail

Late last year, Bryan Monnin spent 40 days in the Spokane County Jail begging nurses to do something about his broken elbow. His case highlights concerns about treatment delays at …


Clinic brings free medical care

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be transformed early next week into a working field hospital that will provide free dental and medical care on a first-come, first-served …


Walgreen clinics expand care into chronic illness

Walgreen Co. has stretched the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. The …


Bed rest for the weary

Mike Hamilton’s hands tell the story. His fingers are short and thick – too short, you realize – and it’s hard not to look at them and wonder what happened. …


Hospital’s refocus a lucky break for boy

Brenden Essig remembers hearing “Watch out!” before everything went dark. A minute or so later the 13-year-old attempted to shake off the BMX bike crash, a wicked collision of body …


Talk at federal, state levels alarms rural hospitals for future

Many of Eastern Washington’s small hospitals are bracing for cutbacks as federal and state governments look to save money. Consider Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Chewelah: On any given day …


Sacred Heart ready to grow

Construction crews will start work next week on an $18.6 million emergency department expansion and remodeling project at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. About 80,000 people used the Sacred Heart …


Medicaid cuts target ER visits

Medical services for the poor are eroding in Washington state as budget cuts take hold. The latest round of Medicaid cutbacks will begin Oct. 1, including efforts to curb repeated …


Paralysis won’t keep ‘resolute’ woman down

In the early morning hours of April 5, Robin Braun woke up and tried to get out of bed. A diabetic, Braun was having an insulin reaction and needed to …


Health authority reoffers grant

A publicly funded health sciences authority is reopening a $100,000 grant competition.


Exchange Club honors volunteer

The passage of President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill has dominated the news recently, but in Spokane a team of dedicated professionals has been providing medical services for the …


Valley physician closes hormone therapy practice

Dr. Cheryle Hart has closed her hormone therapy practice. The Spokane Valley physician ran Hormones by Hart and recruited thousands of women to attend her seminars across several states. Her …