The same procedures often cost five times more in rural areas as they do in Portland metro hospitals, according to a Lund Report analysis of insurance claims data.
A hospital billing database that’s been in development for years is beginning to shed light on the huge variation in the cost of medical care across Oregon.
Aug 16 2018

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Researchers at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that patients enrolled in the same study have similar outcomes -- regardless where they live.
Survival rates for cancer depend on where you live — at least partially. Urban patients tend to do better than rural patients. Researchers have long tried to figure out how that divide happens in the first place.
Aug 20 2018
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Briefly: Data Breach Could Affect 38,000 Patients At Legacy Health
Jul 18 2018
Jails are a good place to intervene because 20 percent of inmates used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.
At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.
Aug 21 2018
Reinsurance programs, which are gaining in popularity across the country, use federal money to help pay insurers who cover patients with high medical bills. They've helped curtail premium increases in Oregon.
When Tracy Deis decided in 2016 to transition from a full-time job to part-time contract work, the loss of her employer’s health insurance was not a major worry because she knew she could get coverage through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act.
Aug 15 2018

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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

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For the second time this summer, Oregon health officials are trying to limit a potential outbreak.
Oregon health officials announced a new measles threat in the Portland area on Saturday. 
Aug 11 2018

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A 50-year-old Seattle man with leukemia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, did not want a surprise.
In the end, it wasn’t easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die. The 50-year-old Seattle man — a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist — learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Aug 14 2018

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Officials are working on a multi-pronged plan to promote competition, attack the drug rebate system and introduce other ways to lower prices.
Three months after President Donald Trump announced his blueprint to bring down drug prices, administration officials have begun putting some teeth behind the rhetoric.
Aug 10 2018
A total of 170 nurses, nurses aides and other hospital staff in Oregon were injured between 2013 and 2015 in attacks, mostly by patients.
When it comes to workplace violence, hospital nurses, aides and other staff members are among the most vulnerable.
Aug 8 2018

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A report calls for scrutiny of made-to-order creams over fears they're overused and overpriced.
Medicare pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year for prescription creams, gels and lotions made-to-order by pharmacies — mainly as pain treatments.
Aug 9 2018

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A shift is occurring, with many younger physicians concerned more about social justice than profit.
When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.
Aug 7 2018
The Unity Center for Behavioral Health started turning most patients away on Saturday.
Portland hospitals have stepped up to treat patients experiencing mental health crises amid the decision by the area's only psychiatric emergency hospital to turn most patients away.
Aug 1 2018

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More than two dozen states nationwide that have developed guidelines for prescribing prescription pain pills. In Oregon, two task forces are looking at tightening prescribing guidelines for acute and chronic pain patients to try to stem overdoses.
It started with a rolled ankle during a routine Army training exercise. Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome.
Aug 6 2018

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Jacobs signaled that he will listen and learn and then embark on a team effort to set the course for the future.
Oregon Health & Science University has a new president.
Aug 2 2018
When critics attacked Purdue Pharma for deaths linked to OxyContin, rivals stepped up their marketing of other potentially dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl and morphine.
As Purdue Pharma faced mounting criticism over deaths linked to OxyContin, rival drugmakers saw a chance to boost sales by stepping up marketing of similarly dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl, morphine and methadone, Purdue internal documents reveal.
Aug 2 2018


The action could drive up premiums for people who purchase insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
Insurers will again be able to sell short-term health insurance good for up to 12 months under final rules released Wednesday by the Trump administration.
Aug 1 2018
A news release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid said it would resume the program following a suspension announced earlier this month, which prompted anger from insurers.
The federal government has backtracked on its suspension of payments to health insurers.
Jul 24 2018
A federal report calls the regulators to ramp up oversight of the industry, citing patients in pain or distress and a lack of care.
Elderly patients spent over two weeks in uncontrolled pain or respiratory distress. Acute care was rare on weekends. And recruiters went door to door pitching fraudulent schemes, luring healthy patients to sign up for hospice in exchange for free housecleaning and medicine.
Jul 31 2018

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The Oregon Health Plan launched an ambitious system a decade ago to integrate medical and dental care. It is now working on a reform of the system, which is plagued with problems.
Ten years ago, Oregon embarked on the very ambitious plan to integrate mental health, addictions, dental and physical health care into the Oregon Health Plan.
Jul 24 2018
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Aug 14 2018