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Hospital renovations include new exam rooms, specialty clinic

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Driggs Health Clinic has expanded its clinic space with the addition of 6 new exam rooms, a shared physicians’ office and renovated echo-cardiology stress testing room. The new area is located inside the east entrance of Teton Valley Hospital, replacing a physical therapy rehabilitation space that was relocated closer to in-patient rooms. The expansion was needed to accommodate growing clientele for specialty services such as cardiology, neurology, and pain management.

Cardiologists Dr. Patrick Gorman, Dr. Blake Wachter and Dr. Douglas Blank travel from their practices in Idaho Falls to hold regularly scheduled clinic hours in the new space. Neurologist Dr. Brad Talcott, also from Idaho Falls, has added dates to his local schedule in response to patients’ requests. Dr. Marc Porot offers a minimum of 5 days per month to visit with patients about pain management.  Echo-cardio technicians from University of Utah Hospital and from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center provide rotating appointment dates.

“We anticipate adding more specialties in the near future in direct response to patient requests and our community’s level of need,” says Keith Gnagey, CEO for Teton Valley Health Care.

“Teton Valley is fairly isolated and it can be especially hard to drive out of town during the winter. I would rather have one doctor make the trip from Idaho Falls than have 20 local residents make the trip.”

Teton Valley Health Care is entering phase two of a project to update and refresh the appearance of the facility. Phase One started with the refurbishing of the Driggs Health Clinic reception area followed by a total makeover of the Medical Imaging suite that included a new digital X-ray and fluoroscopy unit.  In spring, the Aesthetics exam area was completed and now, after three months of construction, the specialty clinic has opened.  Phase Two will bring about completion of hospital patient room updates, hospital hallway re-flooring and renovation of the laboratory clinical area.

“I avoid giving timelines for projects such as these because facility improvements depend largely on the financial health of our organization. TVHC doesn’t own the hospital bricks and mortar, the County retains ownership of the building. It’s our responsibility to maintain and improve the property for our community and that’s one reason for setting these renovation goals,” said Gnagey.

The Teton Valley Hospital Foundation provided $75,000 in funding for this project.

TVHC invites everyone to come and visit the new specialty clinic during a Community Open House scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. Appetizers will be served along with a chance to win raffle prizes including $50 gift cards to Peaked Sports or The Wardrobe Company. Please contact Ann Loyola at (208) 354-6301 or for more information. As always, full hospital tours are available throughout the week.


TVHC website earns national recognition

TVHC website earns national recognition

TVHC website macbook mockupTeton Valley Health Care recently received a bronze level award from The Aster Awards for its website,

The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognized outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2014.

The 2015 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as several foreign countries. All entries are judged by industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.

Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

“The creativity of this year’s participating healthcare marketing professionals exceeded our expectations. The 2015 Aster Awards program contained some of the best and most creative advertising in the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator.

Teton Valley Health Care competed in the “Hospitals with under 75 beds” group, and earned a third place recognition among the website category’s 32 submissions.

All winners are posted on the Aster Awards website as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today.


Health Insurance Marketplace Statement required for tax filing this year (1095_A)

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  • Your 1095_A should arrive in the mail in early February. If you want it before then, log on to and print out a copy from your account page.
  • You may receive more than one 1095_A. Keep all of the forms for tax filing purposes.
  • If you received health insurance coverage via your employer for part of last year and were on the exchange for even a few months, you will still receive a 1095_A.
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Idaho 1095_A

There’s a new tax form you’ll need this year if you got insurance through the exchange marketplace in 2014.

Those who received insurance premium assistance will receive a statement (form 1095_A) that needs to be included in tax filing for the year 2014.

The form is a statement of benefits received (called premium assistance or premium tax credits) and indicates what your insurance premium was for 2014 and how much assistance the government provided.

While Idaho is running its own insurance exchange for 2015 through Your Health Idaho, the state participated on the federal marketplace via for 2014.

The following is from the blog:

Form 1095-A and your tax return

If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, this tax season you’ll get a new Form 1095-A — Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. You’ll get it in the mail by early February and use it to file your 2014 federal income tax return. Keep it with other important tax information, like your W-2 forms and other tax records.

When you get Form 1095-A, make sure the information matches your records. Check things like coverage start and end dates and the number of people in your household. If you think anything’s wrong, contact the Marketplace call center at (800) 318-2696.

What’s on Form 1095-A?

  • Information about anyone in your household who enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.
  • Information about the monthly premiums you paid to your health plan.
  • The amount of any advance payments of the premium tax credit that were paid to your health plan in 2014. These are the credits that lowered what you paid in monthly premiums.
  • The cost of a “benchmark” premium that your premium tax credit is based on. You won’t get this form if you have health coverage through a job or programs like Medicaid, Medicare, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You may get more than one Form 1095-A if anyone in your household switched plans in 2014 or reported life changes. You’ll get a Form 1095-A even if you had Marketplace coverage for only part of 2014.

You can download copies of Form 1095-A through your Marketplace account where they may be available before you get your copy in the mail.

Need help? For more information about how health coverage will affect your taxes, visit Or click here.




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