The Lund Report

A group of surgical technologists, or scrub techs, pushed House Bill 2876 to require standards for their profession and close a potential gap in patient safety. They’ve been after education and certification requirements for at least 15 years, and now a law is likely to take effect next year.

It’s been a long time coming, but legislation looks promising that will require Oregon hospitals and clinics to use only certified “scrub techs” or surgical technologists.

May 22 2015
People appealing a denial of Social Security benefits need their medical records to prove they’re disabled. But healthcare entities often charge hundreds of dollars to get those records.

People with disabilities are often caught in a Kafkaesque situation when it comes to receiving disability benefits from the federal government: they need the safety-net money because their disability makes them poor.

May 22 2015
He’ll become vice president of sales in early June

Jim Walton is returning to Regence BlueCross BlueShield in early June, after leaving the health plan to become the chief operating officer and vice president at KPD Insurance, a brokerage firm in Eugene, a position he held since January.

May 21 2015
The CO-OP provides financial "Wellness Rewards" to its members.

Prevention and wellness are often overwhelmed by more urgent and expensive healthcare problems. But, Oregon’s Health CO-OP, a consumer-driven plan, decided to reward its members to stay healthy.

May 21 2015
The hearings begin June 23 in Salem and people can either attend in person or viewed online.

ATRIO Health Plans, based in Salem, landed the first spot on the calendar for its rate review hearing before the Oregon Insurance Division.

On June 23, the Division will also consider rate requests from Health Republic, PacificSource and LIfeWise.

May 21 2015
The state’s largest coordinated care organization is looking for a behavioral health program manager.

At Health Share of Oregon, we believe everyone, regardless of income or background, deserves access to the best healthcare possible. Our mission is to improve the overall health and wellness of Oregon Health Plan members living in the Tri-County Metro area.

May 21 2015
The Roseburg pediatrician was fired as CEO of Architrave Health in February.

Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, who was fired as CEO of Architrave Health in February, is now the interim CEO of the Umpqua Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 10,000 low-income and uninsured residents in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek, Sutherland and Glide. He expects to remain in this position for several months, but has no plans to become the permanent CEO.

May 21 2015
People who have been traumatized at a young age have their lives shortened by 20 years, according to Jane Stevens, who spoke in Portland recently.

Trapped in a culture of blame, shame and punishment, too many people are thrown in jail, suspended from school and re-traumatized in caregiving situations when what they need is understanding what’s happened to them, nurturing safety and a chance to heal themselves.

May 21 2015
Giving women access to 12 months of birth control seemed a sure thing after near universal support from the House of Representatives. But the health insurance lobby put heavy pressure on the initiative from Planned Parenthood and wants to limit increased access to birth control from a year to six months, and allow insurers to require as many as seven trips to the pharmacy for a woman in the first year of a prescription. A separate effort, giving pharmacists the ability to prescribe birth control, also has legs in the House if the Senate fails to act.

The health insurance industry lobbied aggressively Monday to convince Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and the Senate Health Committee to dramatically pare back a House bill that increased the supply of birth control a woman could get from a single prescription to 12 months.

May 20 2015
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First-quarter results show only Providence profitable among the state’s largest insurers, while Moda, Regence, Kaiser all grow membership despite financial losses

Oregon’s health insurance companies seem to be putting membership growth ahead of profitability.

May 20 2015