med school
A generation gap, or do med students become less empathetic, more cynical with formal education?

June 10, 2009 -- There is nothing like a corrupt philosophy to bring down a winning organization, such as the education of future physicians. Today many medical students discover the personal philosophy that inspired them to enter medical school is eroding, if not gone completely, following their exposure to medical education.

Jun 10 2009
Nancy Ann DeParle
The fight for a public health plan option may have lost sight of what it really means
June 5, 2009 -- As Congress prepares its healthcare reform package, a debate looms over whether it should include a “public option” to compete with private plans and, presumably, keep them honest. Since a universal public health plan -- single payer—challenges the whole role of private insurance, the public option was supposed to be seen by the health insurance industry as a “lesser evil” and therefore elicit less resistance.
Jun 5 2009
Conservative business groups mount attack, claiming tax would raise health insurance premiums

June 5, 2009 -- Oregon lawmakers face a crucial vote on Monday morning (June 8). That’s when the battle to reform Oregon’s healthcare system takes center stage.

Jun 5 2009
Providence Newberg
Net income exceeds projections this year by $25 million, but the hospital system remains cautious
June 5, 2009 -- Despite the economic turndown, Providence’s financial position is extremely strong, evidenced by a memo sent to its employees recently by Russ Danielson, chief executive, and Terry Smith, chief operating officer, obtained by The Lund Report.
Jun 5 2009
Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell
Soldiers and their families continue having a hard time finding a doctor who accepts TRICARE, the federal insurance program tied to Medicare

June 5, 2009 --Healthcare access issues in rural Oregon facing military service members are close to crisis proportions, said Brigadier Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon Military Department.

Jun 5 2009
Nearly 6,000 Oregonians who tried to buy individual health insurance were refused in first three months of this year

June 5, 2009 -- At a time when more Oregonians try to find health insurance in the individual market, insurers stepped up the number of people they refused to cover.

Jun 5 2009
Sens. Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus
The option for a public health plan like Medicare has senators divided, forging compromise that would diminish plan
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June 2, 2009 -- The Obama administration and Senate Democrats are debating a health care reform outline that will insist upon a public option for insurance but leave open the possibility for it to be kicked in via triggers.
Jun 2 2009
Advocates say the bill is too soft on insurance rate review, but there’s much to applaud

May 28, 2009 -- A comprehensive health reform package winding its way through Oregon’s Legislature promises to reduce costs while improving quality.

May 28 2009
After weeks of anticipation, legislators agree to tax hospitals and insurers

May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians.  Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.

May 28 2009
The group's lobbyist says Oregon’s cost containment bill mostly succeeds, but falls short in holding industry accountable

May 28, 2009 -- House Bill 2009 includes important steps forward in some key areas of health care costs and quality. In other areas, the bill falls short of what’s needed to address the problem of rising health insurance and out-of-pocket costs  facing families and businesses.

May 28 2009