healthcare http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Senate Kills Health Insurance Expansion Bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/senate-kills-health-insurance-expansion-bill <p>A bill that would use federal money to help poor people buy insurance was soundly defeated in the Wyoming Senate.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:30:20 +0000 Bob Beck 53954 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Senate Kills Health Insurance Expansion Bill CMS Launches Rural Healthcare Demonstration Project http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cms-launches-rural-healthcare-demonstration-project <p>In an effort to increase medical services to rural communities, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are now accepting applications for the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (F-CHIP).</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:42:58 +0000 Erin Jones 53679 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net CMS Launches Rural Healthcare Demonstration Project WY Sees More Physicians Licensed To Practice In State http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wy-sees-more-physicians-licensed-practice-state <p>The Wyoming Board of Medicine says a record number of physicians received licenses to practice in Wyoming last year.&nbsp; The Board of Medicine’s Kevin Bohnenblust says 35 more physicians were licensed when compared to 2012 numbers, and overall they saw 15-percent more doctors compared to 2009.&nbsp; He says that’s due to a new, simplified licensing process and the fact that many doctors include non-traditional approaches, such as telemedicine, in their practices.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:05:23 +0000 Bob Beck 53454 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WY Sees More Physicians Licensed To Practice In State Hospital, Library Navigate Healthcare.gov for the Uninsured http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/hospital-library-navigate-healthcaregov-uninsured <p>Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is heading a statewide effort called Enroll Wyoming to help people get health insurance through the new online marketplace. The program has trained navigators across the state, including in Jackson where St. John's Medical Center and Teton County Library have teamed up to offer individualized sessions, designed to guide community members through healthcare.gov. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:29:54 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 53052 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Hospital, Library Navigate Healthcare.gov for the Uninsured New movement seeks to train health care professionals as team http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/new-movement-seeks-train-health-care-professionals-team <p>A central mandate of the Affordable Care Act is getting health care professionals to communicate across disciplines.&nbsp; A conference Thursday&nbsp;at the University of Wyoming&nbsp;brought health care leaders together to talk about how to better train students for&nbsp;doing that.</p><p></p><p>Brenda Zierler with the Center for Health Sciences at the University of Washington was one of the conference leaders.&nbsp; She says it’s time to move past the old paradigm in which nurses, social workers and psychologists all learn their crafts in isolation.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:07:29 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52472 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net New movement seeks to train health care professionals as team Indian Health Service can take over a year to process contractor payments http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/indian-health-service-can-take-over-year-process-contractor-payments <p></p><p>A <span style="color:#1f497d"><a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/659602.pdf" target="_blank">study</a></span> by the Government Accountability Office – or GAO - shows that it takes over one year for the Indian Health Service to process payments to contractors in 8-percent of claims.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:26:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51288 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Indian Health Service can take over a year to process contractor payments Wyoming Dementia Care receives grant from national organization http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-dementia-care-receives-grant-national-organization <p>The nonprofit organization&nbsp;Wyoming Dementia Care received a five thousand dollar grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America last week.</p><p>Wyoming Dementia Care provides&nbsp;cost-free&nbsp;social support and information to dementia sufferers, their families,&nbsp;and their caregivers.</p><p>Carol Crump with WDC says that the organization’s most popular service is a series of support groups for caregivers, who are often the dementia sufferer’s family.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:55:05 +0000 Jordan Harper 48916 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Dementia Care receives grant from national organization Wyoming’s health insurance marketplace opens http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-s-health-insurance-marketplace-opens <p>Wyoming residents will get to choose from roughly 16 health insurance plans as the new federal health insurance marketplace opens up today.&nbsp; While Wyoming premiums will be higher than the rest of the country,&nbsp; Mike Fierberg of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid says that tax credits will help offset the cost.&nbsp; He says credits will be available to low-income people, all the way up to salaries that are four-times the federal poverty level.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:24 +0000 Bob Beck 47736 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming’s health insurance marketplace opens Hospital CEO Looks to Congress to Cut Health Care Costs http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/hospital-ceo-looks-congress-cut-health-care-costs <p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">St. John's Medical Center CEO Lou Hochheiser is presenting a series of public forums to help Teton County residents understand health care reform.</span></font></p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:58:04 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 40156 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Hospital CEO Looks to Congress to Cut Health Care Costs Health Department offers grants to open clinics in rural areas http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/health-department-offers-grants-open-clinics-rural-areas <p>The Wyoming Department of Health is trying to improve healthcare in rural communities by providing grant money for rural health centers.</p><p>The agency’s Keri Wagner says the money can be used to open new clinics, or to allow existing facilities to expand.</p><p>“Priority will be given to … applicants for new clinics in areas where access does not already exist,” Wagner said.</p><p>She added that while many areas in Wyoming don’t have access to good healthcare, money is not the only problem; it’s also hard to find doctors who are willing to live in rural areas.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:10:55 +0000 Willow Belden 37565 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Health Department offers grants to open clinics in rural areas Mead calls for studying healthcare during State of the State address http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/mead-calls-studying-healthcare-during-state-state-address <p>Governor Matt Mead is urging legislators not to dismiss health care issues, but to study them and craft a Wyoming response to the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; During his state of the state message today, Mead asked legislators to study both the health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:33:02 +0000 Bob Beck 35040 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Mead calls for studying healthcare during State of the State address Blue Cross Blue Shield Responds to Healthcare Overhaul Decision http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/blue-cross-blue-shield-responds-healthcare-overhaul-decision <p>The Supreme Court, in a five-four decision, upheld the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The&nbsp;justices ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional under the commerce clause, but&nbsp;<em>can</em>&nbsp;go ahead as a tax.</p><p>The individual mandate requires that all&nbsp;people&nbsp;must buy health insurance. For insurance companies, that means they&rsquo;ll be getting a large, new pool of customers. In Wyoming, 17-percent of the population is currently uninsured, compared to a nationwide average of 16-percent. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 26234 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Blue Cross Blue Shield Responds to Healthcare Overhaul Decision ACLU says inmates lack proper medical care in jails, prisons http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/aclu-says-inmates-lack-proper-medical-care-jails-prisons <div style="margin:0;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">The Wyoming Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union </span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">says</span></font><font size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;"> that most complaints surrounding state prisons and jails involves improper medical of mental health care.&nbsp; Much of that has to do with inmates not getting their necessary medication.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font> Mon, 21 May 2012 13:28:07 +0000 Bob Beck 24367 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net ACLU says inmates lack proper medical care in jails, prisons