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May 5, 2010 -- The Oregon Medical Association has a new executive committee led by its president, Dr. John Evans III.
 
Other members include: Dr. Carla McKelvey, president-elect; Dr. William “Bud” Pierce, vice president; Dr. Peter Bernardo, immediate past president, and Dr. Mark Maddox, secretary-treasurer.
 
Drs. Nancy Hutnak and David Shute are members at large; Beth Irish is the OMA Alliance president; Dr. Mary McCarthy is speaker of the house, and Dr. Frances Biagioli, vice speaker of the house

 

May 5 2010
The Lund Report
A health insurance expert gives a cautionary tale to those pushing for meaningful federal rate review
From remarks prepared for the Families USA Advocates Conference Call on Health Insurance Rate Review (April 29).
 
May 5 2010
The Lund Report
For heart attack patients, a stent is the medical device that provides the best chance of recovery. But studies comparing the use of stents to medical therapy alone have sparked controversy.

Originally at Miller-McCune.com
May 5, 2010 -- Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of Americans walking around today owe their lives to a miniscule piece of mesh called a coronary stent used to prop open a clogged artery. For heart attack patients, stents provide the greatest chance of recovery of any medical device out there. That’s not where researchers disagree.

May 5 2010
The Lund Report
At the same time, teachers will see their benefits reduced, paying higher copays and deductibles.
May 5, 2010 -- School districts and community colleges face double-digit rate increases for health insurance this fall. The primary reason: high utilization of medical services.
 
May 5 2010
The Lund Report
Chief of staff to Nick Fish takes over for Tracy Gratto after eight years
May 5, 2010 -- After eight years at the helm of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Tracy Gratto is stepping down.
May 5 2010
The Lund Report
Expect the medical technology and pharmaceutical industry to protest vehemently.
May 5, 2010 -- In previous commentaries I have started by paraphrasing the landmark study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which claims that the costs of new medical technology and drugs are the primary driver of healthcare inflation.
May 5 2010
The Lund Report
This model doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the Insurance Division but provides basic coverage to the uninsured and low-income wage earners.
May 3, 2010 -- Enrollment began in Central Oregon on May 1 for the first of three experimental “community health initiatives” in the state.
 
May 3 2010
The Lund Report
The 110 pediatricians switch to FamilyCare because of differences over compensation and care management
April 29, 2010 -- The majority of pediatricians in the Portland metropolitan area have decided to drop their affiliation with CareOregon, which could impact 15,000 children enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.
 
Apr 29 2010
The Lund Report
A Johns Hopkins University professor is on a crusade to end blood stream infections. Will Oregon hospitals participate?
April 28, 2010 -- More than 30,000 Americans die each year from a completely preventable blood stream infection acquired at hospitals. Yet facilities across the country – including those in Oregon – have been slow to adopt measures that could eliminate them altogether.
 
Apr 28 2010

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