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Documents reveal inner finances of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations in the first three months of 2016, with FamilyCare reporting the biggest net loss, but also member growth and strong cash reserves

Most of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations are profitable, with only four of 16 posting net losses in the first three months of 2016, according to a Lund Report review of financial records. And those that are reporting losses have enough cash in the bank to get through.

Sep 21 2016
Other CEOs who were paid hefty salaries last year included Jeff Heatherington, William Guest and Janet Meyer.

Terry Coplin, who oversaw the sale of Agate Resources – the parent company of Trillium Community Health Plan -- walked away with the largest compensation package among CCO (coordinated care organization) executives last year.

Sep 8 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told state Medicaid Director Lori Coyner that it would work to sort out the major policy decisions for governing the Oregon Health Plan by the end of the year, finishing the work before Obama leaves office.

A high-level bureaucrat at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given the state’s Medicaid waiver a warm reception, increasing the odds that the federal government will increase its investment in Oregon’s Medicaid transformation and allow the state to continue the coordinated care n

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission is looking for a way for about 275 nursing students to complete their educations after the sudden closure of ITT’s Breckinridge School of Nursing in Portland earlier this month, and Sen. Betsy Johnson has asked the Legislature for assistance.

Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission is working to rescue almost 300 nursing students caught in limbo when ITT Technical Institutes shut its doors earlier this month, with Portland Community College possibly stepping in to take over the curriculum, allowing the students to to finish

World Parkinson Congress draws thousands of researchers, patients, to discuss research, treatment and best practices in Parkinson’s caregiving

Opinion -- Nearly 2,000 Parkinson’s patients came to Portland this week for the World Parkinson Congress, an international event drawing 4,200 researchers, physicians and patients from 67 countries to discuss new research discoveries, treatments and therapies

Check out all our new jobs from Legacy Health, HealthInsight Oregon, Full Cirle Healing,The Oregon Latino Health Coalition, The Oregon Medical Association, Samaritan Health Services, Columbia Community Mental Health, Columbia River Community Health Services.

Familycare Health is a Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization, coordinating medical, behavioral health, and dental care for more than 130,000 Oregonians.

A report from Washington state consultant Public Knowledge argues the Oregon Department of Human Services needs increased staffing and foster care programs must be better funded. The report also calls for all children in or entering the system to be given a needs assessment and an overhaul of the protocols and system for reporting child abuse.

An independent consultant says that the Oregon Department of Human Services needs to raise rates for all types of foster care providers and develop an assessment tool to determine children’s needs when they enter the system.

The Public Employees Benefit Board met Tuesday to hear ideas from consultants to improve the management of its prescription drug benefit and crunch data on emergency department utilization and dental benefits.

Faced with rising prescription drug costs, consultants for the Oregon Public Employees Benefit Board gave its directors a list of recommendations at this month’s meetings that could better align PEBB’s benefits with the private sector.

The 2017-2019 budget proposal shows a 56 percent increase in general fund spending from the current budget from $2.1 billion to $3.3 billion.

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton has released her agency’s budget request for 2017 to 2019, asking that the state pony up a billion dollars more than the current budget, raising the state’s stake in the healthcare agency from $2.14 billion to $3.33 billion.

Marie Cervantes has stepped down from her job as director of the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations and been replaced by her deputy, John Thompson.

Oregon’s Department of Human Services has shuffled personnel, moving Marie Cervantes from director of the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations over to the Aging & People with Disabilities Division, where she will work as an adult protective services manager.

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury tells the We Can Do Better Conference: ‘If government doesn’t build it, housing for the poor won’t get built’

Even though Portland’s economy generates high-paying jobs, on any given day 130,000 people in Portland don’t know where they will get their next meal, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said Wednesday at the We Can Do Better conference, a Portland gathering focused on civic engagement and hea

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Are you interested in hearing the pros and cons of Ballot Measure 97 before casting your vote on November 8?

We'll delve into this timely topic at our Nov. 2 breakfast forum.

Pharmaceutical costs continue rising, with insurance companies, the coordinated care organizations and consumers footing the bill.

Settlement includes millions in cash, provide unlimited free software

SALEM—Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced a global settlement of the litigation between Oregon and Oracle, which includes cases Rosenblum v. Oracle, Oracle v. Governor Kate Brown, Oracle v. Oregon by and through Governor Kate Brown, and Oracle v.

Other faculty members believe OHSU has strayed from its mission of basic science and education, while administrators deny that’s the case.

The faculty at Oregon Health & Science University – for the very first time – has stepped forward to publicly share its concerns about how dollars are flowing to their departments.

The former co-chairman of the Oregon House Health Committee was booted out of office in the Republican primary in 2014, but former Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas believes the more mainstream voters casting ballots in the general election will restore him to office on the Independent Party platform.

Like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, former Dallas Rep. Jim Thompson is back this election for another round against Rep. Mike Nearman, hoping to win back his title, and represent the residents of the west Willamette Valley, including Dallas and rural Polk, Yamhill and Benton counties.

Richardson, dean of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and winner of several faculty teaching awards, died after he was critically injured while doing a home repair.

OPINION -- I had the privilege of being a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellow at OHSU from 2012 to 2015, working on my PhD in Biomedical Informatics.

Public meeting attracts few Oregon Health Plan members, providers

Only a couple of Oregon Health Plan providers and a handful of members attended a public meeting last week in Bend designed to gather input on how the health care program for low-income Oregonians is working for those who use it.

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