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Rep. Dennis Richardson might throw a monkey wrench into the mix during the upcoming legislative session

January 8, 2013 -- Oregon statute is quite clear about allowing people on the Oregon Health Plan to receive care from complementary and alternative medical practitioners – acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists and nurse midwives.

A non-discriminatory amendment is embedded in the legislation (Senate Bill 1580) that called for the creation of coordinated care organizations – charged with integrating physical, mental and dental care for low-income people on Medicaid.

Jan 9 2013
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As administrator of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, she believes coordinated care organizations should form partnerships with culturally diverse stakeholders

January 2, 2013 -- Growing up in southwest Portland – and later studying political science at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. – Tricia Tillman didn't realize public health was an occupation, much less the one where she’d end up.

“I kind of stumbled into public health,” Tillman said. “I didn't know it was a field at all.”

Jan 9 2013
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Next session, legislators, together with Governor Kitzhaber, will decide how the $120 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement should be spent

January 8, 2013 -- Governor Kitzhaber’s proposed healthcare budget taps $120 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement as a revenue source for the Oregon Health Plan, but doesn’t indicate how those dollars should be spent. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) would like to convince the Oregon Health Authority, which will appropriate that revenue, to distribute 10 percent -- $12 million -- to the coordinated care organizations and earmarked for tobacco prevention and reduction.

Jan 9 2013
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January 3, 2013 -- Adventist Medical Center is taking cancer treatment to new levels with the only technology in the Northwest designed to provide complex radiation therapy delivered with extreme accuracy. The Agility technology system promises cancer patients a new level of precision and delivery speed in radiation therapy treatments. This new technology is allowing Adventist Medical Center clinicians the ability to provide sophisticated cancer treatment solutions for patients, with a lower risk of side effects.

Jan 8 2013
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New study shows unnecessary cesarean sections drive up healthcare costs for employers and government, increase health complications for mothers and newborns

January 7, 2013 – Private businesses and federal and state governments could save billions of dollars if the quality of maternity care in America were improved, based on data in The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States, a new report issued by Childbirth Connection, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform.  The report shows that the high proportion of babies delivered by cesarean section costs commercial insurance plans and state/federal Medicaid programs thousands of dollars more per birth than vaginal births and the differ

Jan 7 2013
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A follow-up study shows dominant genetic strains of highly-cariogenic bacteria and several emergent strains in young patients

January 7, 2013 — In a follow-up to a study conducted one year ago, researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry have determined that certain genetic strains of bacteria are dominant in children one year after treatment for microbial-caused plaque and tooth decay, and six new previously undetected minor strains were identified.

Jan 7 2013
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January 3, 2013 -- The Oregon Health Policy Board’s Non-Traditional Health Worker (NTHW) Steering Committee will meet January 7 in Salem and January 14 in Portland.

The meetings are open to the public and also will be accessible via webinar and teleconference. Public comments will be taken at the end of each meeting, and also can be submitted in writing.

Jan 3 2013
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Matching campaign will enable the organization to purchase a pasteurizer and start processing small quantities of donor milk

January 2, 2013 -- The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is still pressing toward its goal of opening the first human milk processing center in the Northwest – and just completed a matching funds campaign to purchase an automated pasteurizer, said executive co-director Lesley Mondeaux.

Jan 2 2013
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January 2, 2013 - CCO Oregon takes great pleasure in announcing that United States Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will be recording remarks to be delivered at the Transforming Care 2013 conference organized by CCO Oregon. Secretary Sebelius’s remarks will conclude the two-day conference, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on January 8 & 9, 2013.

Jan 2 2013
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At the same time, Regence is the only nonprofit insurer in Oregon not participating in coordinated care organizations, which provide services to people on Medicaid

January 2, 2013 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield took back its spot as Oregon’s top provider of health insurance, though its ongoing battle for market dominance remains a near-tie with previous leader Kaiser Permanente. Oregon’s health reform efforts played a major role pulling Kaiser down from the top position.

Jan 2 2013

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