St. Luke’s Focuses on Care Coordination in Innovative Partnership

St. Luke’s Health System is transforming health care. Those are not just fancy words. We are putting transformation into action, and because of our actions, we are becoming a national leader. St. Luke’s is already the first and only federally designated Accountable Care Organization in Idaho. We also received a grant from the Centers for [...]

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St. Luke’s Magic Valley Team Shows How Good Stroke Care Can Be

I have asked Jim Angle, chief executive officer of St. Luke’s East Region, to share a story from Magic Valley about what the team is doing to achieve our Triple Aim – better health, better care, and lower costs.  There are many examples he could have drawn from, but I love this success story in [...]

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The Next Shoe to Drop: Will your Doctor be in your Network?

Editor’s note: A version of the article that follows originally appeared as a column under a different headline in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider. President Obama made repeated promises before, during, and after signing his landmark Affordable Care Act into law. One of those promises was that if you like your health care plan, you can [...]

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Severe Child Abuse: a Sad Reality on the Increase in Idaho

I am so proud of the work that Dr. Paul McPherson, medical director of St. Luke’s CARES Clinic, and the entire team of professionals with St. Luke’s Children’s carry out every day. The causes of child abuse are multifactorial and contributors seem to be increasing with frequency. We must equip new parents and other caregivers [...]

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The Fine Print on the Health Insurance Penalty

Editor’s note: The article that follows originally appeared as a column under a different headline in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider. We have all heard that the success of the Affordable Care Act depends upon getting young people to sign up for health insurance to help subsidize health care for older individuals who are more likely [...]

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‘Cyber-security is not just a St. Luke’s concern’

As the CEO of a major healthcare delivery system, I am often asked what keeps me up at night. One of the many things on that list is a security breach. Cyber-security is a big deal for all of us, whether individuals or as employees of St. Luke’s. There are steps we all need to [...]

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Your Health Idaho is Already Changing Lives

Having as many Idahoans covered with health insurance as possible is an admirable goal, and Your Health Idaho, Idaho’s state-based health insurance exchange, is trying for just that. They’ve been very successful – Idaho is second in the country on a per capita basis at signing up individuals through the insurance exchange.  If you do [...]

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Your Health Idaho Sets the Record Straight

Here’s Jody with Your Health Idaho to get everyone signed up before the March 31 deadline. Thanks to Jody and to all the folks at Your Health Idaho who have worked so hard to make sure Idaho’s health insurance exchange is just what the doctor ordered for the people of our region!  Note: If you [...]

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Appreciation from a Bald Man

I asked for a trim up around the edges, and I got this! Participating on Team Breaking Bald with so many St. Luke’s pediatric oncology and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurses has been a privilege and honor that I will never forget. Saturday was the big shave, when the PICU Breaking Bald team joined with [...]

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Appealing the Court Decision: ‘… health care must change’

St. Luke’s and Saltzer Medical Group will file a request for a stay pending appeal of the judge’s order to unwind the existing relationship between the two organizations.  This action, which was endorsed by the community-led board of directors for St. Luke’s Health System and the physician leadership of Saltzer Medical Group, allows the organizations [...]

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