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The coordinated care organizations will be graded on 17 metrics regarding access and quality of care, and be rewarded additional funds from a bonus pool

January 16, 2013 -- The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given final approval to a waiver that includes a list of 17 accountability measures for Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations, which are providing care to the state’s Medicaid population through the Oregon Health Plan.

CMS ordered a last-minute adjustment that requires the CCOs to monitor the follow-up care for children who receive drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Jan 17 2013
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More than 100 individuals and groups are joining the Oregon Pediatric Society to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 132
January 13, 2013 - In 2012, Oregon schools had the highest rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions for students of kindergarten age. The calendar year 2012 also saw the highest rates for pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the United States, for the past 50 years, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Washington and Oregon also had higher incident rates than in previous years.
Jan 16 2013
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New partnership will expand access and convenience and increase care coordination for current and future Clark County members

January 15, 2013 — Kaiser Permanente Northwest is entering into an agreement with Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center to serve Kaiser Permanente members in the Vancouver area. The agreement is designed to bring two industry-leading health care organizations together to better serve health needs in the Clark County area.  

Jan 15 2013
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January 15, 2013 – Sixteen health insurance carriers have submitted applications to participate in Cover Oregon when it launches for open enrollment in October.

Jan 15 2013
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Administration proposes guidance for Medicaid, health insurance marketplaces

 

Jan 14 2013
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January 14, 2012 -- CareOregon’s board of directors named Patrick Curran as its new chief executive officer on January 11, 2013.  Curran has served as interim CEO for the past month, following the retirement of David Ford.

Curran has been with CareOregon since 2003, holding a variety of positions over the years, including Provider Services Director, Medicare Director and, most recently, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Development.

Jan 14 2013
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January 10, 2013 — As part of its annual grant initiative, the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund has awarded $2,532,995 to 22 organizations that work to eliminate health disparities within Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund is a partnership between Kaiser Permanente Northwest and the Northwest Health Foundation. The fund’s objective is to improve the health of local communities served by Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

Jan 14 2013
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Flu vaccine today will reduce risk of catching flu and minimize symptoms

January 11, 2013 -- While the rate of Oregonians reporting flu-like symptoms is on the rise, heralding an early start to the 2012-2013 flu season, state health officials say this year’s flu activity level remains moderate across the state, and effective vaccine is available.

Jan 11 2013
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ConnectMe clinical research program is evaluating the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of an investigational drug on social interaction and communication in children with autism spectrum disorders
Gresham, OR, January 8, 2013/Cyn3rgy Research – Cyn3rgy Research in Gresham, OR announced today that they are taking part in the largest-ever global clinical research program in children ages 6 to 12 with autism, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). This Phase II ConnectMe clinical research program, which is currently enrolling participants in the Gresham and Portland areas, is evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of  the investigational drug, memantine, on social interaction and communication. 
Jan 9 2013
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Sen. Chip Shields is proposing legislation that would give consumer groups access to proprietary information before the Insurance Division approves rate requests

January 8, 2012 -- When insurance officials made a decision about a rate request by Regence BlueCross BlueShield after reviewing documents behind closed doors last summer, it raised the ire of Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland).

A strong proponent of transparency, he’s drafting legislation that would let consumer watchdog groups such as OSPIRG have access to such proprietary information, giving them intervener status.

Jan 9 2013

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