August 18, 2009 -- I’ve been inside our health industry as the medical director for Oregon’s largest commercial insurer and have seen what happens when big money is involved, and public policy is crucial to future profits.
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August 13, 2009 -- A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.
Originally at NYTimes.com
July 7, 2009 SEATTLE -- As Dr. Harry J. Shriver III examined 70-year-old Eleanor L. Riley one recent morning, he seemed in no hurry. He asked about her phlebitis and her gall bladder, and whether her gout was acting up. They discussed her blood pressure readings and whether she was getting any exercise.
August 13, 2009 -- While Sen. Ron Wyden has said he’s “open to a national public health plan option,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Wyden told him and Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah early on that he was willing to “get off the public option” in order to earn their support.
Ever wondered what happened to Dr. Eugene Ogrod who had a short career as executive director of the Oregon Medical Association after Bob Dernedde retired in 2003? He’s now the chief medical officer for Wyoming Medical Center, a position he called “very challenging and fun.” The 220-bed tertiary referral center in Casper is one of the only large hospitals in the state. After leaving the OMA, Ogrod was hired as chief medical officer by Providence’s Medford Health System.
August 12, 2009 – Billboards may soon shout out the names of three Oregon hospitals that received the highest scores from a patient satisfaction survey.
August 11, 2009 -- At a time when a proliferation of online sites offer user reviews of just about any service around, the medical profession hasn’t escaped the trend.
August 11, 2009 -- Protesters outside the town hall meeting in McMinnville with Rep. David Wu on Monday were not as aggressive as those in St. Louis or other cities where town halls turned violent.