Category Archives: Health

County approves contract for electronic health records system for CCHD

Next week, the County Commission will consider another contract for the Cascade County City-County Health Department to handle tasks previously handled by what is now Alluvion Health. Commissioners will consider a “business associate agreement” with Office Ally for and electronic health record system. The agreement will cover the handling, usage, storage and transmission of HIPAA protected information for CCHD clients.

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State begins enforcing emergency rules banning sale of flavored e-cigarettes

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services began enforcing emergency rules at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 to temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana. On Dec. 17, a district court judge in Ravalli County dissolved the temporary restraining order for the state’s emergency rules. The restrictions include the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including

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County approves new billing contract for health department since split with Alluvion

County Commissioners unanimously voted last week to approve a contract with Big Sky Billing and Office Management to handle billing for the Cascade County City-County Health Department. CCHD’s billing was previously handled by Alluvion Health, which split from the county effective Jan. 1 and quit handling billing on Oct. 31. Trisha Gardner named as city-county public health officer The county

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State to enforce emergency rules on sale of e-cigarettes beginning Dec. 18

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced Dec. 13 its notice of intent to begin enforcing emergency rules that temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana. Enforcement of the emergency rules begins 1 p.m. Dec. 18. Bullock calls for emergency rules to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes The restrictions include the sale of all

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State Supreme Court upholds local regulations on smoking shelters

The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the district court and upheld the City-County Board of Health’s regulations regarding the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and smoking shelters. The Supreme Court issued its opinion in mid-November and remanded part of the case back to the district court for further proceedings regarding the claim of selective enforcement by Totem

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Trisha Gardner named as city-county public health officer

The county has named Trisha Garnder as the new Cascade County City-County Health officer. Gardner has worked for 10 years at CCHD and most recently was the interim prevention services division manager and privacy officer. The position has been vacant since Tanya Houston left to work for Alluvion in March, though the county contracted with Alluvion for Houston to continue

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County, Alluvion in discussions over missing billing funds, back rent

Alluvion Health split from the county as of the first of the year, but has been operating in some county facilities and handling the billing for the Cascade County City-County Health Department. There’s been other areas of crossover as well, including Tanya Houston continuing her duties as the health officer for the county after moving to Alluvion. The non-profit health

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Bullock calls for emergency rules to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Gov. Steve Bullock has directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. “Young Montanans are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate, while officials investigate the possible causes of a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related injury and death, leaving us at a crossroads,” Bullock said in a press

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Alluvion receives grant for expanded opioid addiction treatment

Alluvion Health has been awarded $237,000 from the Health Resource Service Administration that the agency will use to expand the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, services to combat opioid addiction. The funding will be used to train additional providers so that they can prescribe Suboxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids so a patient can’t get

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County revising health officer job in hopes of finding person to reorganize

The future of the Cascade City-County Health Department is uncertain. Since the county split with what is now Alluvion Health, a private nonprofit that took many county staffers with it including the health officer and prevention services division manager, the county has struggled to figure out next steps. By the end of a meeting on Sept. 18 between the County

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