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FARGO — Medical centers in western North Dakota’s booming Oil Patch need help in diagnosing which patients requesting nonemergency services are bad debt risks. As part of a fund of almost $10 million to help defray hospitals’ bad debts in 2013-15, lawmakers appropriated $700,000 for new information technology screening tools to curb bad debt expense by evaluating patients’ creditworthiness.
TIOGA — After Las Vegas chiropractor Stephen Alexander had 65 patients relocate to North Dakota, it wasn’t long before his phone started ringing. The men who moved to northwest North Dakota to work in the Oil Patch struggled to find chiropractors available and called “Dr. Steve” for help.
BISMARCK — Rep. Bob Skarphol said late Wednesday a bill to provide $1.1 billion to western North Dakota communities will deliver ample funding to address infrastructure and other needs, but will not provide the long-term help the bill was intended to do.
KILLDEER — Leaders from across western North Dakota continued making plans for individual communities and the region as a whole, despite uncertainty of what may come from the North Dakota Legislature in terms of funding and support.
BISMARCK — Sen. Dwight Cook said Tuesday that some funding was stripped out of a bill to help cities deal with effects of the oil boom, in part to get those cities to justify why they need the extra funding.
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