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A bill to give psychologists the right to prescribe prescription drugs requires a work group to iron out differences

June 17, 2009 --Psychologists took a step forward in their ability to prescribe drugs on Monday (June 15) when the House agreed to set up a work group to iron out differences with the psychiatric community (House Bill 2702).

Jun 17 2009
Roey Thorpe

June 17, 2009 -- Roey Thorpe, who led one of the state’s largest gay rights group known as Basic Rights Oregon, has been chosen to lead Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the political arm of two Planned Parenthood organizations – Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon. 

Jun 17 2009
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UofO researchers compared patients receiving standard disease management to a more tailored approach
June 17, 2009 -- People with chronic health conditions who receive coaching tailored to their level of health activities showed significant improvements in clinical outcomes, and experienced fewer hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room than those coached using traditional methods, according to a study published in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.
Jun 17 2009
Ken Provencher
Rumors swirl over who will succeed Regence of Oregon president Bart McMullan

June 16, 2009 -- Rumors have been circulating that Ken Provencher, president of PacificSource Health Plans, may be eyeing the job held by Dr. Bart McMullan, who retires as president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield on July 1.

Jun 16 2009
beer tap
It’s reality time in Salem on a beer tax to fund addiction services, police

June 16, 2009 -- The legislature could this week take up an increase in the beer tax, as proposed in House Bill 2461. Emphasis on the word could. 

Jun 16 2009
Sen. Ron Wyden
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is luke warm for Obama's plan with a public option.

Originally at Portland Mercury
June 11, 2009 -- President Barack Obama may be facing tacit opposition to his planned health care reform over the coming months from an unlikely source: Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.

Jun 16 2009
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Two or three counties will experiment with integrating mental and physical health organizations

June 10, 2009 -- A shock wave hit the mental health community when lawmakers talked about changing the playing field. Since February 1, 1994, when the Oregon Health Plan rolled off the block, Oregon’s counties have sat at the control tower of mental health services.

Jun 10 2009
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Enrollment dropped 2 percent in the first quarter of 2009
June 10, 2009 -- Job losses only had a slight impact on the enrollment numbers of commercial health plans during the first three months of the year. Slightly over 1.8 million Oregonians had health insurance on March 31.
Jun 10 2009
medical bills
Consumers should more easily get detailed cost information from their insurer

June 10, 2009 -- Say your doctor suggests you need gall bladder surgery, and you want to know how much of the bill your health insurer will actually pay. Starting July 1, that information should be easy as making a toll-free phone call or clicking onto your insurer’s Web site. 

Jun 10 2009
A national reimbursement system can realign the delivery of healthcare services from one of maximizing profit to one in which we maximize health

June 10, 2009 -- Our current healthcare system is a mess for both those who carry health insurance and those without. Only a single payer national health insurance program that provides public financing for privately delivered healthcare services can clean up this mess and provide all Americans access to needed medical services regardless of ability to pay.

Jun 10 2009

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