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Washington Healthcare
4:15 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Inslee Says Healthcare Act Rollout Is On Track

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Credit Office Of The Governor

Despite Republican efforts to block the healthcare reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee says he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

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Tele-Health
6:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Virtual Urgent Care: The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Diana Rae of Tenino, WA demos "virtual urgent care" with Dr. Ben Green in Seattle, who sees her via Skype.
Credit Franciscan Health System

Telemedicine has been around for a long time to connect rural health care providers to specialists in the big city. This month, Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System took telemedicine to a broader realm. It became one of the first hospital networks in the country to offer "virtual" urgent care. A video chat could replace a hectic trip to a medical clinic for a patient who prefers this convenience.

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Northwest Healthcare
5:20 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Exchange Call Center Opens In Spokane

Washington’s health exchange, the online market for health plans doesn’t open until October 1st. But people with questions can contact the exchange’s call center starting Tuesday. The Spokane based call center opened at 7:30 this morning.

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Northwest Health
4:45 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

DSHS Settles Case Involving Children with mental health needs

In 2009, the state was sued by advocates representing children on Medicaid who have schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses. The advocates argued that the Department of Social and Health Services wasn’t providing sufficient home based services to help keep them stable.

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Northwest Health
5:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Delivering Apples To Offices A Healthy Business For Recent College Grads

Anna King. Apple-A-Day's recent college grad owners Danielle LaRiviere [left] and Lexi Schmidt.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:45 pm

We’ve all been there. You’re hungry, and you want something good to eat, but there’s no time. So you hit the vending machine for sugar or salt.

A recent Washington State University grad wants to change that. She’s started a Northwest business around a simple, better choice: an urban apple delivery service.

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Health Care
6:11 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Rural Residency Shortage Means Doctors-In-Training Move Away

Medical resident Vaughn Bullfinch considers himself lucky to have residency spot in a rural Northwest hospital in an area where he hopes to settle down.
Credit Vaughn Bullfinch

For decades, rural parts of the Northwest have found it difficult to lure doctors to small towns. Community leaders in Yakima, WA went so far as to found a small medical school to train doctors to practice in these underserved areas. The Pacific Northwest University opened in 2006. But there is a problem. Small towns throughout the region just don’t have enough residency programs. And that means many of these doctors-in-training may move away. 

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Wind Energy
6:11 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oregon Man Sues Wind Farm Developer

After years of complaints, one Northwest man is suing an energy company that built a wind farm near his home. Residents have complained that noise from the turbines is affecting their health.

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Wildfire Smoke
8:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Leads to Emergency Room Visits in Southern Oregon

A NASA Earth observatory image of mile marker 28 in the Simcoe Mountains northeast of Goldendale, Washington where eight major wildfires have burned through forests and grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon

A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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Northwest Health
4:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Preschool Obesity Down In Several States, Not In Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the height and weight of preschoolers measured at nutrition clinics between 2008 and 2011. Nearly half the states studied have cut obesity rates for youngsters from low-income families. But the rate in Oregon hasn't budged. It's 15 percent, slightly higher than the national average.

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Northwest Healthcare
5:57 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Controversy Over State Role In Hospital Mergers

The state of Washington is just beginning the process of writing new rules to govern hospital mergers. But already there’s controversy over what role the state should play when religious health care providers propose to take over hospitals.

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