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False claims act case blamed on Medicare billing errors

January 6, 2010 -- Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle False Claims Act liability in connection with Medicare billing errors between 2000 and 2004.

The settlement followed a voluntary disclosure by Kaiser in 2005 that it had on occasion billed for hospice services without first obtaining certifications of terminal illness required under federal law. The settlement does not address whether any of the services were inappropriate.

Jan 6 2010
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From reimbursement rates to public policy and medical schools, a UCLA professor emeritus offers a step-by-step solution

Jan 6 2010
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Preliminary data obtained by The Lund Report reveals new wrinkles in physician workforce shortage

This is the third article in the series on the shortage of primary care physicians in Oregon. Also see Part 1 and Part 2.

Jan 6 2010
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SEIU, CareOregon and Oregon Health Care Association top the list

January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.

Jan 6 2010
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The council under the Department of Human Services has started a Facebook page to stay in touch

January 6, 2010 -- As parents and public health leaders become increasingly concerned about childhood obesity, which is quickly becoming the nations top health risk, Oregon is taking the lead in promoting children’s health and giving parents some tools that can help.
 

Jan 6 2010
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January 5, 2010 -- The Oregon Medical Association today announced that Gwen Dayton, JD, recently of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, joined the OMA staff as General Counsel, effective January 1, 2010.

Jan 6 2010
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Critics contend protecting this proprietary billing codes doctors use to submit insurance claims accounts for the AMA's support of health reform

Originally at ChicagoTribune.com
January 6, 2010 -- As Democrats tout the American Medical Association's endorsement of their health care overhaul, critics are pointing to their studious sidestepping of a little-known monopoly that sends millions into the trade group's coffers each year, saying it's no surprise the Democrats were able to gain the AMA's support.

Jan 6 2010
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Diane Lund-Muzikant offers her thoughts on the demise of the organization she founded
December 18, 2009 -- Most people have learned the fate of Oregon Health Forum by now – the newsletter and educational organization I created in 1990 to shine a light on the healthcare industry.
Dec 18 2009
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The $6.7 billion tax to cover the uninsured will supposedly be passed onto consumers

December 18, 2009 -- In an email to brokers and agents, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon tells them to urge their elected representatives to vote against the healthcare reform bill in Congress because it's estimated to raise premiums on those who have insurance.

Similar to the provider tax imposed by Oreogn legisators, the health reform bill in the Senate imposes a $6.7 billion health insurance premium tax to pay for expanding coverage for the uninsured. And as they did in Oregon, insurers nationally are expected to pass that tax onto ratepayers.

Dec 18 2009
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December 17, 2009 -- Craig Mosbaek heads to Washington DC to begin a year-long fellowship in public health on December 26. Competition was stiff. More than 60 people from across the country submitted applications to the American Public Health Association.

Dec 16 2009

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