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Inefficiency continues to plague the medical system, according to Dr. David Reuben director and professor geriatric medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine

November 16, 2011 -- Surveys of doctors show that now more than half think that providing higher-quality medicine may lead to losses in their earning power, a belief that may help explain why an exceptionally high number of patients don’t get recommended care, according to Dr. David Reuben MD, who spoke at the OHSU Foundation for Medical Excellence annual lecture earlier this week.

Nov 16 2011
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Speaking at a conference organized by the Healthcare Information and Management System Society, the CEO of Providence Health Plans said it’s not going to happen

November 17, 2011 -- As healthcare costs spiral out of control, “Medicare makes Social Security look like chump change in terms of what it's going to take to get future liabilities funded,” said Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plans, the keynote speaker at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference earlier this week.

Nov 16 2011
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Pain specialist wins grant to teach therapy for amputees in nation with high prevalence of people who've lost limbs

November 16, 2011 -- Oregon Health & Science University's Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is an international expert on a novel therapy for "phantom limb pain" — real pain suffered by people who have had an arm or leg amputated. Darnall has studied and treats people with "mirror therapy," which lessens or eliminates the pain by tricking the amputee's brain into believing there was no amputation.

Nov 15 2011
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November 16, 2011 – Joshua Cook, D.O., medical director of the emergency department at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville was recognized as the Medical Director of the Year for TeamHealth’s Northwest division at a reception on Oct. 14. The reception was held in San Francisco in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly.

Nov 15 2011
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Smokers who use Quit Line report better chances of breaking the habit

November 16, 2011 --Almost 70 percent of Oregon tobacco users want to quit, and those who use the free Oregon Tobacco Quit Line have a better chance of breaking their addiction for good. New online coaching services, in addition to phone coaching, make the Quit Line more convenient and accessible than ever.

Nov 15 2011
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November 15, 2011 -- The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today Insurance Division Administrator Teresa Miller has accepted a position with the federal agency charged with implementing many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the development of health insurance exchanges.

Nov 15 2011
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Five months before Regence asked for a 22.1 percent rate increase, the insurer paid a $56 million dividend to its holding company; some of those funds were used to launch Sprig Health

November 10, 2011 – When state regulators approved a 12.8 percent rate increase for Regence BlueCross BlueShield earlier this year, they were aware that the insurer had dipped into its surplus account and given a $56 million dividend to its holding company just five months earlier.

Nov 10 2011
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As it prepares to become a coordinated care organization in 2012, Central Oregon’s pioneering coordinated care model proves there are cost savings in coordinating care

November 10, 2011—A wide variety of organizations representing Central Oregon’s healthcare community were talking about creating a coordinated model of providing health care before the Legislature even began thinking about it.

Nov 10 2011
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The Oregon Health Authority wants to use federal savings to help fund the start up of CCOs

November 10, 2011—Dr. Bruce Goldberg is in active discussions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to see if federal funds are available to jump start the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) which will provide physical, mental health and dental services to more than 630,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan next July.

Nov 10 2011
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They also want to better define the role of community health workers, personal health navigators and peer wellness specialists

November 10, 2011 – Developing a strategic plan to recruit and retain primary care providers is at the essence of a workgroup led by Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center, which met recently.

Nov 10 2011

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