New online search tool makes it easier to find an assisted living facility in Idaho

Idahoans who are searching for an assisted living facility for themselves or a loved one now have another tool, thanks to a new online search available for recent facility inspections completed by the Residential Assisted Living Facility Program in the Division of Licensing and Certification.

The tool allows users to search for facilities in specific areas of the state and ones that accept different types of residents, including those who need a secured environment. It also provides information on the size, location, ownership, administration, and survey and complaint history.

In addition to the ability to search for a facility by name, the new online portal allows users to search for survey reports in three timeframes: the last 90 days, the last 180 days (6 months), or for the past year. The results can be sorted by the location of the facility, the type of survey being done, and the license status, among other criteria.

According to a recent 90-day search, the program had completed 90 surveys.

To search facilities, click here. The recent surveys are available here.

The Residential Assisted Living Facility Program ensures that businesses that provide residential care or assisted living services to Idaho residents comply with state statute and rules through inspections, which are also called surveys. The surveys must be completed before a new facility can accept residents; for re-licensure for established facilities; for follow-up surveys when issues are identified that need to be addressed; and for complaint investigations.

There are 372 assisted living facilities in Idaho, representing more than 10,000 beds. Facilities range in size from six to 152 beds.

 

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Back to school shock and “Ewww!” – Coping with a case of head lice

hair_searchIf you’re a parent with a new kindergartener, pre-schooler or child care pupil this fall, you may not be ready for the shock and “Ewww!” that comes with the first time you receive a letter from the school or day care advising you that a child in your kid’s class has head lice. Or worse, a call from the school nurse advising that your child is being sent home due to a case of head lice. After you recover from the mortification, it’s important to remember head lice are not a health risk. Continue reading

DHW begins to collect reports on abortion complications

The Abortion Complications Reporting Act, Idaho Code Title 39 Chapter 95, requires every hospital, licensed health care facility, and individual medical practitioner to file a written report with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare if any woman comes under their care and reports any complication or requires medical treatment that is a direct or indirect result of an abortion (IC 39-9504(1)).

If a woman reports one of the items outlined here to her medical practitioner, and the item is an abnormal or deviant process or event arising from the performance or completion of an abortion based on the medical practitioner’s reasonable medical judgment, it must be reported using this form to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics if the medical provider is one of the entities or medical practitioners subject to reporting under the act.

The report must be completed within 90 days from the last date of treatment or other care or consultation for the complication. The information will be kept confidential and used to prepare a comprehensive annual statistical report for the Idaho Legislature.

 

September is National Recovery Month: Can you help reduce the stigma of substance-use disorder?

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September is National Recovery Month, and it’s a good time to talk about substance use disorders (commonly referred to as “drug or alcohol addiction”) and mental health so we can help fight the stigma associated with these diseases. The more comfortable people are about talking about these conditions, the more likely they will seek treatment. Continue reading

National Vision Administrators to administer eyeglasses, contacts to Idaho Medicaid members starting in October

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Idaho Medicaid has announced that it has chosen National Vision Administrators (NVA) and Classic Optical Laboratories to administer eyeglasses and contact lens vision supplies for Idaho Medicaid members starting Oct. 1, 2018.

NVA has been in business for more than 30 years and provides services to over 7.5 million members across the country. NVA also has expertise in administering the vision benefits for Medicaid participants, currently managing those benefits for more than 200,000 people.

Classic Optical will continue to manufacture the lenses, but all lab orders and requests for prior approvals will be administered by NVA. NVA will be sending additional information out to optical providers in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, please direct questions to Cody Cockrum, program specialist with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, at Cody.Cockrum@dhw.idaho.gov or 208.334.5747.

SW Idaho is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak and infants are at risk – Here’s what you can do to protect them

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We talked about pertussis – also know as whooping cough – back in December, but here it is August and Southwest Idaho is experiencing a whooping cough outbreak. What’s been happening
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Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that has steadily been on the rise since last fall locally in Ada and Canyon counties, and has now been declared an outbreak in Southwest Idaho. We’re also seeing higher incidences in the Magic Valley. August has historically been the peak month for pertussis cases, which tend to peak every three to five years. When we look back at the last high pertussis year, 2014, there were 253 cases statewide as of August 11 that year. Through August 11 this year in Idaho, we now have 257 cases reported. Continue reading

It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month – Idaho moms set a great example

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Idaho’s breastfeeding rate is one of the highest in the nation, and that’s something we like to celebrate this month during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Breast milk offers the most optimal form of nutrition, and we’d like to keep encouraging new moms to consider breastfeeding their babies.     Continue reading