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Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers promote treatments, pay for travel, wine-and-dine physicians, and offer grants and speaker fees, with 9,652 medical professionals in Oregon receiving some form of gift or payment since mid-2013

Since mid-2013, pharmaceutical and medical device companies have spent more than $42.8 million to entertain, feed, train, pamper and even directly pay doctors in Oregon, according to a massive dataset that investigative journalists at nonprofit ProPublica compiled and made available to The Lund Report

Feb 17 2017
Data analysis also shows discrepancies by race and gender, with black CCO members visiting the emergency department more often than members of other races, and women visiting more often than men

Oregon’s effort to overhaul its healthcare system – with coordinated care organizations leading the charge – is beginning to show results, according to an assessment of CCOs and other Oregon Health Authority data that was submitted to the Legislature when makers convened in Salem.

Feb 8 2017
Meanwhile employees at PeaceHealth Labs are receiving pink slips as Quest Diagnostics proceeds to take over.

The exact same scenario is playing out at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories that happened to employees at PeaceHealth Labs one week ago.

PAML is alledgedly preparing  to meet with employees tomorrow afternoon from 1-3 the large classroom to announce that it's being purchased by Laboratory Corp. of America, an S&P company headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina. 

A bipartisan group of legislators wants to close the gap to get health insurance to 15,000 immigrant children living in Oregon who are currently barred from receiving care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But unless a budget solution arises, the state stands to end health coverage to 350,000 people it already serves

Gov. Kate Brown renewed her commitment on Monday to legislation that would expand the Oregon Health Plan to cover all income-eligible children living in Oregon, regardless of their immigration status.

Senate Bill 526 outlines a process that patients and physicians could use to get health insurers to cover medications. Insurers often balk at the price of these drugs and try to force the patient to first try a cheaper alternative.

Patient advocates and pharmaceutical companies are backing legislation that would give physicians an easier time prescribing medication and bypassing “step-therapy” protocols, which health insurers use to limit the dispensation and purchase of high-cost drugs.

The Oregon Psychological Association is trying to resolve the problem amicably

Psychologists find themselves at odds with insurance companies over reimbursement, and, for the first time, the Oregon Psychological Association is taking a pro-active stance.

“It’s getting more and more difficult to get reimbursed when people have serious mental health issues,” Shana Koslofsky, PhD, president of the Oregon Psychological Association, told The Lund Report. 

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Oregon Health Forum delves into this topic at its March 22 breakfast.

With all the consternation about the future of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, how will the commercial insurance marketplace be impacted?

That’s the topic of the March 22 breakfast forum which will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by a panel discussion.

Cost growth leaves us no choice but to challenge our fundamental assumptions. Our current approach generates more cost than value. We can shift how we integrate and take advantage of natural forces. This last article in the series points to a new platform grounded in today’s system science and experience.

OPINION- Today’s centralized networks cannot keep pace with the natural co-evolution of healthcare’s complex environment. What we know from system science and industry experience is that we need networks that can adapt and evolve with the environment.

Oregon is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic according to the Oregon Health Authority. Cases of the disease have increased 2,000 percent over the last decade.

Back in 2007, syphilis had all but been eradicated in Oregon. There were just 26 cases.

Last year, there were close to 570.

Sean Shaffer with the OHA's Public Health Division said he’s very concerned.

“It is a big problem and in order for us to interrupt it, we really need the help of the healthcare providers to start asking their patients about some pretty direct questions"

Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down.

Legislation introduced in the California Senate last week would set the state on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.

House Bill 2388 will strengthen the existing regulation of pharmacy benefit managers by giving the Department of Consumer & Business Services the ability to investigate complaints and cancel a company’s registration if the PBM commits fraud or fails to pay civil penalties.

Pharmacists appear poised to add significant teeth to the state law regulating pharmacy benefit managers, persuading the Legislature to make the first changes to the law since it was enacted in 2013.

Representatives of the Oregon National Guard support changing the culture of the military and putting tobacco out of reach for younger guard members, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a committee vote on SB 754 on Thursday. Sen. Peter Courtney’s longstanding reliance on tobacco cash for political campaigns casts doubts on the Democrats’ commitment to the legislation.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a vote on Senate Bill 754, which would raise Oregon’s legal age for tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, telling The Lund Report the bill would return to the agenda “when she had 16 votes.”

As Republicans in Washington pursue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, what do enrollees in ACA marketplaces and state Medicaid expansions who voted for President Trump want in a health care plan?