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HealthShare shows lowest cash-on-hand of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations, FamilyShare reports highest cash-on-hand, in unaudited reports to state

In what could be a sign of Oregon’s improving economy, the number of people obtaining healthcare through Medicaid-funded coordinated care organizations dropped precipitously in the first nine months of 2016, according to financial reports analyzed by The Lund Report.

Jan 13 2017
An analysis by The Lund Report of thousands of responses to 29 questions about doctors, administrators, access to specialty services and other aspects of care yields insight into CCO member experiences

Members of Jackson Care Connect are happier with their healthcare than any other CCO in the state. At Umpqua Health Alliance, CCO members are far less satisfied.

Jan 4 2017
As US Congress debates dismantling the Affordable Care Act, an program that seeks to strengthen primary care and lower healthcare costs gets under way

A nationwide effort to strengthen primary care, lower healthcare spending and improve the lives of Medicare patients launched in Oregon this month -- just as Republicans in the U.S. Congress vow to gut the Affordable Care Act, which created this fledgling program.

But state officials are optimistic about continuing their healthcare reform efforts.

There’s excitement by Governor Kate Brown and other officials after the federal government approved Oregon’s Medicaid waiver for another five years.

With approval of the new federal waiver, we're bringing together a panel to talk about what lies ahead.

Now that Oregon has had its federal waiver renewed for another five years, what’s ahead for the state’s 16 coordinated care organizations? Will for-profit organizations be excluded from the next contracts? Will there be more transparency in how CCOs are spending their money?

Oregon Health Forum is bringing together legislators from both sides of the aisle and Governor Brown’s health policy advisor.

We anticipate a full house for our January 25 breakfast forum and may have to close registration soon so if you haven’t registered it’s best not to delay.

Check out our latest postings from Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine,SphereMD, Salem Home Care LLC, FamilyCare Health, CODA,Inc., Samaritan Health Services, and The Deschutes Rim Health Clinic.

The Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA) is Oregon’s statewide association for Community Health Workers (CHWs). Founded in 2011, their mission is to be a unified voice to empower and advocate for CHWs and their communities.

Congresswoman Shares Story of Tualatin Resident on House Floor

WASHINGTON, DC [01/13/17] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) shared the story of Tualatin resident Mark Rouska on the floor of the U.S.

This opinion article has been submitted by the American Fluoridation Society.

OPINION -- In a recent anti fluoridation article in the Lund Report, Rick North expresses numerous misconceptions, misrepresentations, and errors.

The sheer weight of scientific evidence has far exceeded reasonable doubt, and it’s difficult to see how the EPA, or anyone else, can continue to believe that water fluoridation is safe, according to the author.

OPINION -- Six weeks ago, the Fluoride Action Network, Food and Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine and several others petitioned the EPA to ban fluoridation

This article is the third in a five-part series about a new model for sustainable healthcare delivery. The last article “Ashby’s law and the first step to affordable healthcare” explained why we need delivery networks as adaptable as delivery’s environment.

OPINION -- All of us and everything around us simultaneously participate in many networks and systems. Technology has extended what we refer to as a system, but the idea of connecting people, tools and resources to achieve a purpose is ancient.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today officially approved Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Group Health Cooperative (PDF, 487KB).