July 23, 2009 --The perception of the public is often that the AMA represents the majority of physicians, or even that all doctors belong to the AMA. In this time of debate over healthcare reform, it’s important to be clear about where all parties stand. Does the AMA truly represent the views of the nation’s physicians? This has recently been called into doubt.
July 23, 2009 -- When Oregon regulators analyze insurance premiums next year, they’ll take a closer look at administrative costs than nearly any health insurance regulator in United States history.
July 23, 2009 -- Oregon's Legislature "avoided all of the hard questions" when it dealt with healthcare reform, according to Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), who spoke to a group of health reform advocates earlier in the week.
I am pleased to announce that Tina Edlund has joined the Oregon Health Authority as Deputy Director for Planning and Policy Implementation. Tina is well-known in Oregon for her health policy expertise, health services research and excellent administrative skills.
July 17, 2009 -- A bipartisan group of centrist and conservative senators sent a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders on Friday urging delay in consideration of health care reform.
On June 11, Oregon's Legislature passed historic health reform legislation in House Bill 2009. In particular, HB 2009 creates an Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which is responsible for streamlining and aligning state health purchasers and programs to maximize efficiency as well as organize state health policy and health services.
July 12, 2009 -- Once a model of stability, Bend Memorial Clinic, the region’s largest group of doctors, has become a veritable revolving door for physicians.
UPDATE: July 23, 2009 -- Contract officially ratified.
July 17, 2009 -- Two weeks after negotiations stalled and SEIU staged an informational picket, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital employees reached a tentative agreement Wednesday (July 15) on a new three-year contract.
July 13, 2009 -- In attempting to reform the U.S. health care system, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have repeatedly said that controlling costs is as important, if not more, than extending coverage to all Americans.
July 15, 2009 -- The number of complaints against health insurance companies remained flat in 2008 despite efforts by the Department of Consumer and Business Services to spread the word. Of the 30 companies based in Oregon, only 694 complaints were filed.