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Consultants advise dentists to seek medical coverage when possible for the exams and treatments they perform to save patients money and boost their income.
On a recent Friday morning, more than 30 dentists and dental staffers gathered in a conference room to learn an arcane new skill: how to bill medical insurers.
Sep 25 2018
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Briefly: Uroboros Glass in Portland Poses No Health Threat, State Says
Jul 18 2018
Robin Miller, an acute care nurse practitioner, is the fifth person to leave the team, which has imploded.
The heart transplant team at Oregon Health & Science University has lost another professional.
Sep 20 2018
The money is part of $1 billion being distributed nationwide for medication, treatment and prevention.
The Trump administration is giving $16 million to Oregon to fight the opioid epidemic as part of $1 billion distributed nationwide.
Sep 20 2018
The three-month-old died after surgery for a congenital heart defect and being taken off a ventilator in the pediatric intensive care unit.
The family of a baby with a congenital heart defect who died after treatment is suing Oregon Health & Science University for negligence. The complaint, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, seeks $8 million in damages.
Sep 18 2018
The drug, stemming from work by a Portland State University professor, is designed to combat a common problem among other anti-malarial drugs: drug resistance.
An anti-malarial drug developed in Portland has entered a clinical trial, the pivotal step before federal approval.
Sep 19 2018
New rules allow Medicare Advantage plans to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs.
Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs administered by doctors to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and other serious diseases.
Sep 17 2018
People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.
Shirley Avedon, 90, had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.
Sep 18 2018
The bipartisan group, which includes officials from the Oregon Health Authority, providers and insurers, have come with a proposal that could be a framework for a bill in 2019.
A legislative task force has taken a crack at attacking rising health care costs.
Sep 12 2018
Many without insurance qualify for Medicaid and up to one-half of those with insurance are not fully covered because their deductibles or expenses are too high.
The percentage of Oregonians without health insurance has stagnated in the past two years, new data show.
Sep 10 2018
Trish Yerges, who was diagnosed with two types of cancer last year, had to travel more than 7,000 miles for specialty treatments that are commonplace in large metro areas like Portland.
Summerville, Oregon — Trish Yerges was diagnosed with two types of cancer last year. That was bad, but her circumstances were much worse: The area where she lives in rural Union County in the northeastern part of the state lacks cancer specialists.
Aug 30 2018
Maps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show relatively high rates among some populations in the Northwest, especially among African Americans and Hispanics.
Americans are fatter than ever. Obesity rates for 2017 released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that all but two states have obesity rates between 25 percent and 29 percent. That includes Oregon and Washington.
Sep 12 2018
Brittany Beltran gave birth to a child with cerebral palsy, the suit says, after being suffocated in the womb during a prolonged and difficult delivery.
A first-time mother who gave birth to a child with cerebral palsy after a difficult delivery has filed suit against Providence Health & Services, accusing the medical group of negligence.
Sep 7 2018
After reports surfaced about the lack of follow-up on reports of abuse at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland, a top-level county manager takes action.
Multnomah County suspended two managers after an internal investigation raised concerns about how it handled complaints about abuse and neglect at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland.
Aug 20 2018
Delta Dental of California will invest in Moda, putting the Oregon-based insurer on a solid financial foundation and opening up new markets.
Delta Dental of California is investing $155 million in Moda, putting the Oregon-based insurer on solid financial footing.
Sep 4 2018
Dr. Rupa Bala, a cardiac specialist ended up leaving rather than being fired, according to the suit. It coincides with the collapse of the heart transplant program at OHSU.
The cardiology department of Oregon Health & Science University faces a discrimination lawsuit that outlines substandard medical procedures and unsafe practices during cardiac procedures.
Aug 31 2018
Fluoride in water is not a "drug," nor is there any evidence of it being "neurotoxic."
In a recent Lund Report opinion piece, anti-fluoridation activist, Rick North, once again demonstrated the danger to the health of the public created by activists who have neither the education,
Sep 11 2018
Putting fluoride – a known neurotoxin – in the water is unconscionable.
Putting a drug – any drug – in drinking water is absurd. Putting fluoride – a known neurotoxin – in the water is unconscionable.
Sep 4 2018
A report by a physicians group says that higher premiums and deductibles mean that patients, including in Oregon, are forgoing care.
Laura Grandin has health insurance, but she doesn’t have much coverage. The 64-year-old Portland resident pays $900 a month in premiums. She’s also got a deductible of $6,500. That means that if she gets sick or injured her insurance won’t kick in until she spends that amount.
Jul 23 2018
The Oregon Health Authority is changing its approach to Medicaid to improve health and contain costs.
Oregon’s facing an $8 billion question: Can state bureaucrats and politicians reinvent the health insurance program that covers one in four Oregonians and push the entire state to get healthier along the way?
Jul 19 2018