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Report: Insufficient staffing and training contributed to death at Shodair

A 15-year-old patient died by suicide in May at the children’s hospital in Helena.

Shodair Children’s Hospital’s failure to properly staff its residential facility and monitor patients contributed to a patient suicide in May of this year, according to a July inspection released by investigators at the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.  

‘Please don’t do this to the people that depend on this.’

Montana’s plan to end ‘continuous eligibility’ receives pushback from Medicaid enrollees and family members.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services estimates that ending continuous eligibility will save the federal and state governments roughly $22 million a year. Critics say the change could result in temporary lapses in coverage for more than 20,000 people.

Montana’s home health care shortage

Low wages and a global pandemic have contributed to shortages of home health care workers nationwide. Caregivers caution that with Montana’s population growing older, the need for a solution is now.

A wage-induced shortage of home health care workers has been compounded this year by pandemic-related stress, the steadily rising cost of living and increased vacancies in other low-wage jobs. With Montana’s population aging, caregivers and their advocates say action is needed now to avoid a deepening crisis.

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Montana health care laws are getting a cleanup crew

The Montana Nurses Association identified more than 270 statutes that failed to reflect current practice in Montana’s health care system, some of which haven’t been changed since the mid 1990s.

Medical school clash revives for-profit vs. nonprofit flap

Two universities are eyeing the chance to be the first to build a medical school in one of the few states without one. The jockeying of the two schools — one a nonprofit, the other for-profit — to open campuses in Montana highlights the rapid spread of for-profit medical learning centers despite their once-blemished reputation.

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