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The health plan also gave $5 million to help jump start the Oregon Health CO-OP, and another $1.2 million loan after its membership fell below expectations.

FamilyCare wasn’t the only health plan that walked away with a huge bundle of cash for taking care of people on the Oregon Health Plan.

Oct 8 2015
Sen. Alan Bates and state officials said a new assessment tool could more precisely determine client needs and make the newly enhanced program sustainable. Meanwhile, the state continues to drag its feet in abiding by new federal overtime rules for home care workers, even as the workers win a raise to $15 an hour.

Lawmakers left the 2015 session with a gnawing budget concern -- a federal retooling of the home and community-based care programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities h

Oct 5 2015
Douglas County struggles to recruit psychiatrists, has experienced years of cuts.

Psychologists, social workers and chaplains have descended upon southwest Oregon from across the U.S. this month to help residents of Roseburg come to terms with the aftermath of a community college campus shooting that killed ten people and left many other traumatized.

Health Share CEO Janet Meyer refutes the idea that profits in the Health Share system raised its costs. Rep. Mitch Greenlick said the state should move away from basing rates on cost data for 2016 and appeal to CMS that rolling back the 2015 rates to January will badly disrupt Oregon’s healthcare transformation.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has proposed two possible remedies to the turmoil of proper and adequate payments for the Oregon Medicaid system that could improve the situation both as a matter of policy and politics, even though everyone’s not likely to be pleased.

Based in Alexandra, VA., the for-profit company has 600,000 customers primarily in the mid-Atlantic states.

Providence Health Plan has chosen Dominion Dental Services, a for-profit company, to provide dental coverage to its 470,000 members in Oregon and southwest Washington, beating out local competitors. Those enrollment figures do not include people on the Oregon Health Plan. .

Tim Goldfarb, its new president, wants to hear the concerns of physicians and intends to tour the state to get a better grasp of their needs.

Tim Goldfarb is determined to follow the legacy left by the founder of The Foundation for Medical Excellence, John Ulwelling --as a place where physicians can talk about their challenges in a safe and non-threatening environment without fear that their conversations will be aired publicly.

The board plans to interview five candidates later this month. At the October meeting, the board voted to increase the number of people eligible for free colon cancer screenings. OEBB and the Oregon Health Authority also detailed some of the resources they have offered the Roseburg community after nine were killed at Umpqua Community College last Thursday.

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board took steps toward hiring a new permanent director, expanded eligibility for free colon cancer screenings and detailed mental health resources for members in the wake of last week’s massacre in Roseburg.

The latest job postings include listings from Santa Clara Medical Clinic, Acumentra Health, and Bend Memorial Clinic.

The Lund Report is pleased to announce that jobs posted to our job board, Health Hires, are now being distributed to a national audience through the employment listing aggregator

There is a good chance that your once-independent doctor is now employed by a hospital. Dr. Michael Reilly, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., orthopedic surgeon, does not believe this is good for physicians, patients or society.

The health plan had anticipated receiving $82.87 million from the federal risk corridors program but only ended up with $10.4 million during the first year.

Moda Health has been stung by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and faces a $70.3 million loss in revenue following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Lund Report offers the most in-depth coverage about health policy developments than any other media outlet in Oregon.

Are you following the heated debate about FamilyCare, which is being told to hand over $55 million to the Oregon Health Authority for alleged overpayments?

Oregon — October 7, 2015 — Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced that a veteran community health improvement leader will lead the transformation of Oregon through Blue Zones Project®.

Prices for many common medical procedures are higher in areas where physicians are concentrated into larger practice groups, according to a new study.