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The combination of rising housing rates and increased drug abuse has facilitated growth in the area's homeless population and a greater need for healthcare services. We look at providing medical services for homeless Idahoans with representatives from Interfaith Sanctuary and the Boise Rescue Mission.

St. Luke's

St. Luke's Health System is investing $3.4 million in a virtual care center - a "high tech hub" with a medical team available to provide assistance 24/7. The center will be able to connect doctors with rural Idahoans and those with mobility issues. Idaho Matters discusses this new trend in health care with St. Luke's and how this could be a game changer for underserved rural communities.

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AMEN, the Adventist Medical Evangelical Network, brings together physicians, dentists and healthcare professionals to provide free services for homeless and low-income patients. AMEN comes to Boise on September 12-14 to work with uninsured residents. Its clinic director and community outreach coordinator join Idaho Matters to talk about their health services.

Cleveland Clinic

Up to 90% of colorectal cancer occurrences could be averted by the simple process of health screenings. Idaho Matters looks at preventative medicine and previews an upcoming health fair sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health.

  • Frankie Barnhill and Matt Guilhem of Boise State Public Radio News check-in with a wildfire update
  • How wildland fires are affecting outdoor Idaho weddings
  • Volunteer healthcare professionals provide free medical services for Idahoans

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Nurse practitioner Bradley Bigford operates Table Rock Mobile Medicine, making house calls in the Treasure Valley. Bigford joins Idaho Matters to discuss the benefits of mobile healthcare.

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So you think you understand health care in Idaho? One reporter for the Idaho Statesman thought so, until she had a baby. Audrey Dutton tells her story on Idaho Matters.

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Healthcare management has evolved in recent years. From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the subsequent dilluting thereof to state-by-state Medicaid expansion and the lightning fast technical developments in medicine, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends in healthcare. St. Luke's CEO and president, Dr. David Pate, joins us to parse out the changing face of healthcare.

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A study by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that only 53% of medical residents stay in the Gem State to practice medicine at the conclusion of their residency. While this is above the national average for in-state retention of doctors, this still makes it difficult to lure licensed medical professionals to Idaho's rural communities. Idaho Matters speaks with State Representative Mat Erpelding about ways to keep doctors in-state and provide quality health care for the state's rural residents.

ICOM

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will open this summer in Meridian. Idaho's first medical school will begin classes on August 20 with 162 students enrolled and ready to learn.

Since 2010, nearly 18 percent of the United States' gross domestic product has been spent on healthcare. Chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for seven of every 10 deaths in America. Those three diseases account for 75% of the nation's healthcare spending.