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Center for Health Policy Anticipates Record Year with More than 1.2 Million Dollars in Awards

The Center for Health Policy (CHP) will have a record year with ten grants and contracts adding up to more than $1.2 million dollars. Two of the largest projects include work on Medicaid costs and recruitment and retention of physicians.

The Medicaid Capitation Project is a four year contract from the Medicaid Division of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will assist Medicaid in understanding the cost of service programs. The actual cost of delivering services will be analyzed so Medicaid can better design appropriate contract rates. Through a partnership with Milliman Inc. (A national Actuarial firm), the CHP will assist Medicaid to continue to provide quality services at a lower cost for Idahoans. (more…)

Faculty Expert on New Medical Classification System Helps Idaho Health Care Professionals

Jaime SandThe current international system to classify diseases, ICD-9-CM, has become outdated with no room for expansion. These limitations are impacting medical research, the cost and quality of services provided, and the management of electronic health records (EHRs).  In order to correct the situation, two new systems, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS), were adopted in January 2009.  The new systems require hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies among many other health care-oriented entities to change multiple systems, including billing, patient records, practice management and more.  All health care associated businesses must comply with by October 1, 2013. (more…)

Institute for the Study of Addiction Thrives with Faculty Participation from Across the University

By building on the existing infrastructure and current addictions-related initiatives at Boise State University, the Institute for the Study of Addiction received the 2010 Award for Outstanding National Program from the International Association for Addiction and Offender Counseling at the American Counseling Association’s international conference.  The institute is a joint effort by the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences, though the institute’s activities sometimes involve academic units from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Extended Studies, and the Center for Professional Development.  The Institute has successfully incorporated the Idaho Regional Alcohol Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network, which has hired a new director, Teri Carrigan, who will also serve on the institute’s leadership team with Ken Coll, College of Education, Diana Doumas, College of Education, and Susan Esp, College of Health Sciences. (more…)

Faculty Presents Research on Ethical Beliefs in Portugal

Vivian SchraderVivian Schrader, a professor in the School of Nursing, presented a research study this month titled “Influencers of Ethical Beliefs and the Impact on Moral Distress and Conscientious Objection among a Convenience Sample of Registered Nurses” at the 11th IberoAmerican Nursing Education and Research Conference in Coimbra, Portugal. Co-researchers were associate professor Shoni Davis and Marcia Belcheir, associate director of institutional analysis assessment and reporting. This study was funded by a School of Nursing research grant.


Faculty and COHS Simulation Center Featured in National Journal

Lutana HaanLutana Haan and her use of simulation as a teaching tool for the Respiratory Care students was featured in the Sept. 2011 issue of the AARC Times. The interview, titled “A Collaborative Effort” discussed the state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences Simulation Center, the inventory of mannequins and the way in which simulations are performed with Respiratory Care students. Simulation allows students to be in the drivers seat making decisions in a case study. This type of opportunity may not be available to all students in a clinical setting at the hospital. The simulations enable each student to experience and respond to specific clinical conditions created for the simulation lab. The article also reviewed the use of debriefing after each simulation scenario in order to provide an immediate reflection and discussion of what went well, what did not go so well, and what might be done differently.

College of Health Sciences Advisor Presentation Chosen as a Sponsored Program at National Conference

Olga SalinasOlga Salinas spoke at the Annual National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference, held in Denver, Oct. 2-5, on “Advising Using Outcomes Directed Thinking and Creativity in Student Development: Meeting Students at the Terminal and Preparing them for Flight.” Her presentation on transformative learning experiences for students was selected by the Peer Advising and Mentoring Commission as a Sponsored Program.



Three Faculty Present at State Healthcare Reform Conference

Cathy Deckys, Cindy Clark and Ingrid BrudenellSchool of Nursing faculty members Cindy Clark and Cathy Deckys and professor emeritus Ingrid Brudenell spoke at the Promoting a Healthy Idaho conference at Boise State University on Sept. 30. The conference, which is sponsored by the Idaho Nurses Association, Idaho Public Health Association, Idaho Rural Health Association and Idaho Student Nurses Association, focused on healthcare reform and its impact on healthcare providers in Idaho. Karen Daley, executive director of the American Nurses Association, was the keynote speaker.

Faculty Presents as Part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program

Jeri BigbeeJeri Bigbee, professor of nursing, made several presentations to university, faculty and staff during her visit to the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada as an American Fulbright Specialist for public and global health. Bigbee, the first recipient of the Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing, spoke about the role of nurses in rural health and urged healthcare providers to build on their community’s assets rather than focusing on what is lacking. Bigbee’s expertise and visit was featured in the Pincher Creek Echo, Alberta, Canada. The feature article can be read by visiting


Uwe Reischl and Visiting Professor Present Research at Ergonomics Conference

Uwe Reischl and Ravindra GoonetillekeUwe Reischl, professor of health sciences, presented a research paper at the 55th annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society held Sept. 19-23, in Las Vegas, Nev. The paper, titled “Thermal Properties of Reflective Helmet Exposed to Infrared Radiation,” was based on research conducted in the Public Health Ergonomics Laboratory using a novel thermal manikin technology developed at Boise State. The thermal manikin allows measurement of heat transfer through personal protective equipment during exposure to challenging thermal environments. The paper presents a strategy for optimizing the thermal characteristics of protective equipment to enhance worker health and safety, comfort, and productivity. Prof. Ravindra Goonetilleke of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong co-authored.

School of Nursing Makes Historic Agreement with ROTC Program

Pam Springer and Major Blaine WalesDr. Pam Springer, associate dean of College of Health Sciences and director of the School of Nursing, and Major Blaine Wales, professor of Military Science, signed an agreement guaranteeing two cadets each term will be admitted into the nursing baccalaureate program, providing that the cadets meet the requirements of both the ROTC and the School of Nursing.  Read more about the agreement on The Arbiter’s website.