October 30, 2012 -- Tamara Weaver questions why the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) is paying more for prescription drugs through its mail order company than at Costco, her local retail pharmacy. OEBB is responsible for selecting the health plans for the majority of Oregon’s public school teachers, community colleges and state universities.
Ft. Washington, PA, September 5, 2012 – McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®, announces recipients of the 22nd annual TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship. The 2012 program awards $250,000 in scholarship funds to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare.
Winners are named TYLENOL® Future Care Scholars and receive awards of $5,000 or $10,000 to help manage the rising cost of education.
October 30, 2012 -- Since 1994, the obesity rates among children with cerebral palsy (CP) have doubled. This is because such children, who received inadequate nourishment in utero, or were seriously ill when very young, continue to eat nutrient-dense foods after they are out of medical crisis.
October 29, 2012 -- St. Charles Bend nurses voted by a margin of 95 percent to ratify a new, three-year labor contract last week.
St. Charles Health System and the Oregon Nurses Association reached a tentative agreement on the contract on Oct. 11 after a bargaining session that lasted more than 24 hours.
October 29, 2012 -- Until May of this year, the Centers for Disease Control's “action level” for blood poisoning in children was 10 micrograms per deciliter. Now the CDC has set what its website calls the “level of concern” for blood-lead poisoning at five micrograms per deciliter – but just what that means for families, healthcare providers and local governments remains to be seen.
October 29, 2012 -- Add customer savvy to the lengthy list of resources Oregonians might need when they face hospital care. A survey of U.S. hospitals details infection and other risks posed by even the most “routine” hospital stays.
October 29, 2012 – Join Sisters Of The Road this November and December for the 2012 challenge match, Together at the Table. Thanks to a group of donors, all gifts to Sisters will be matched 50¢ on the dollar during this seasonal challenge. An additional $1-for-$1 match for new donors has been pledged by two local foundations, The Collins Foundation and the Rose E.
October 25, 2012 -- The state of Oregon has granted the Yamhill County Care Organization (YCCO) final certification as a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). The new 501(C)3 non-profit organization will begin providing managed care services starting Nov. 1 for Oregon Health Plan patients in Yamhill County and adjoining parts of Marion, Clackamas and Polk counties. Oregon Health Plan members in this area should be receiving their new ID cards the last week of October.
October 25, 2012 -- The Oregon Medical Association is pleased to announce that Bob Dannenhoffer, MD, has received the third annual Dr. George E. Miller Patient Safety Award. The award was presented on October 13 in Portland at the OMA’s Political Fall Forum, which gathered physicians from across the state to hear from local and national experts and elected officials on issues impacting health care.
October 25, 2012 -- It seemed like a good idea at the time. With healthcare costs rising, insurance plans from across the Northwest thought they might be able to save money by sharing resources. By 1997, Oregon’s BlueCross BlueShield had merged with BlueShield of Washington and other “Blues” plans from Utah and Idaho to become The Regence Group. Headquartered in downtown Portland, soon the new company had set its tech team to work at integrating its multiple lines of business.