Learn about insurance through custom-built webinars

February 7, 2012 -- In an effort to reach more consumers, the Insurance Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is developing a series of webinars and virtual town halls that will allow people to learn about key insurance topics from home.

“This is an efficient and cost-effective way to reach people who want to learn more about insurance,” Acting Insurance Division Administrator Lou Savage said.

Feb 7 2012
The foundation's mission is to advocate for a more holistic approach to treating mental illness

February 6, 2012—The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare and its executive director Gina Nikkel are off to a running start, funding its first projects that Nikkel hopes will begin creating a more holistic understanding and way of treating mental illness.

Nikkel, who was previously executive director of the Association of Oregon County Mental Health Programs, has been participating frequently in international calls, and has racked up 4,000 minutes of phone calls in one month. “That’s two solid weeks of being on the phone,” she said.

Feb 6 2012

February 6, 2012 -- WVP Health Authority is seeking a $6.3 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to launch a “Power of Wellness” project as part of its ongoing commitment to create a quality community-based care organization  for the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Feb 6 2012

February 6, 2012 -- Delegates from 28 unions, nonprofits and grassroots organizations gathered in Portland on Friday, January 27, to form a new coalition that will advocate for universal health care in Oregon and the U.S. Seven labor unions joined with 21 community organizations to sign the membership agreement, approve bylaws, and elect an interim executive committee.

Feb 6 2012
State could challenge Microsoft’s de-facto monopoly on provider-to-provider database

February 6, 2012 -- Technology is changing so quickly that state officials and advocates overseeing more streamlined transfers of health information in Oregon are scrambling to keep up.

2010 may not seem like that long ago, but from the perspective of a computer, it’s already the Stone Age. That was the year that the Community Leadership Council of the Archimedes Movement made recommendations on the state’s Strategic Plan for Health Information Exchange, which the federal government approved a few months later.

Feb 6 2012
Success is attributed to the clinic's ability to provide wrap around health and social services to its clients

February 3, 2012— Despite taking care of pregnant women who have some of the highest risk factors for giving birth to low-weight babies, the women seen at Douglas County’s Prenatal Clinic beat the odds – and had the lowest rate of giving birth to low-weight babies compared to the rest of Douglas

Feb 3 2012

The Oregon and Southwest Washington local affiliate has received many inquiries regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s national decision to change its granting guidelines and performance criteria. Specifically, the effect these changes will have on Planned Parenthood and other Komen grantees. Komen Oregon is opposed to the new national Komen community grant eligibility policy.

Feb 2 2012

February 3, 2012 -- The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation today announced the appointment of 10 new or returning members to the foundation’s board of trustees.

At the board’s Dec. 14, 2011, meeting, the following individuals were selected to serve board terms beginning Jan. 1, 2012:

  • William A. Berg, founder and president, Sigma Investment Management Company, a Portland-based independent investment advisory firm.

  • Alice B. Davies, a real estate broker with the Hasson Company.

Feb 2 2012

February 2, 2012 -- Health insurance premiums continued to grow in 2011 but at slower rates than in recent years, according to the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) annual report on Health Insurance in Oregon.

The 2012 report describes how health insurance is regulated in Oregon and provides detailed information on how Oregon’s seven largest insurers are faring financially. Some highlights:

Feb 2 2012
Rocky King, executive director of the exchange, wants to try out some innovative coverage models prior to small businesses purchasing coverage through the exchange

February 2, 2012—An unexpectedly heated debate transpired in the House Health Care Committee yesterday over whether the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange’s 11 staff members should be able to seek their own healthcare coverage rather than be covered by the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB), which provides benefits to state employees.

Feb 2 2012