December 5, 2011 -- It could happen to any of us --you wake up one morning with a slight weakness in your left leg and by the end of the day you're in your local hospital's ICU with tubes running into your arm, nose, and down your throat. You've lost your ability to speak and move. You say "yes" or "no" by shifting your eyes. It seems like a nightmare, but for Robert C. Samuels, it became his terrifying reality.
December 5, 2011 -- More expensive technology is saving peoples’ lives at the end of life and leaving more people behind who need basic healthcare services. That has to change, according to Mike Shirtcliff, who’s focusing his energies on transforming Oregon’s healthcare system.
December 2, 2011 -- When Central City Concern opens its downtown clinic on December 12, teams of doctors and alternative medicine professionals will help hundreds of people whose drug addictions or mental illnesses threaten to keep them on the streets.
At a time when funding for such services is drying up, the Old Town Recovery Center will become a reality.
The more than $20 million center stands on the corner of NW Broadway and NW Burnside -- the previous site of an abandoned Burger King.
November 30, 2011— When legislators approved the Psychiatric Security Review Board’s (PSRB) budget earlier this year, they attached a string instructing the board to think of ways to move patients out of the Oregon State Hospital and into community treatment facilities. That string took the form of a “budget note.”
November 30, 2011 -- “The greater Cowlitz County thinks this is Tweakerville,” said Liz Haeck, driving around the Highlands neighborhood in Longview, Wash. to visit residents' homes and talk to them about their lives. “Everybody knows where there's a drug house on their block.”
As Haeck drove from house to house on a blustery afternoon, bringing Thanksgiving food boxes, candy and even dog biscuits, she talked to people about their lives, referring them to services that might help them out.
November 30, 2011 -- The generosity of our readers to the challenge grant offered by the Northwest Health Foundation has been overwhelming. People from across Oregon and Washington have sent us contributions, and, for that, I am extremely thankful.
However, we’re not there yet. In order to meet the $10,000 challenge grant, we still need to raise $2,400. I’m counting on your support to reach that milestone! Your contributions go a long way to help us provide the stories you count on every week.
November 30, 2011 -- Researchers at OHSU are developing a toolkit to deal with the barriers faced by people with autism in the healthcare system.
November 29, 2011—The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is trying to convince legislators that insurance companies should pay nurse practitioners the same amount as primary care physicians for the same services.
But the association’s president, Susan King, said its efforts are being stonewalled by some insurance carriers. After meeting with representatives from five insurers over the past few months, the information they’re sharing about their reimbursement policies is opaque, at best.
November 30, 2011 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has imposed a $100,000 civil penalty against The Regence Group for failing to provide accurate information to its Medicare Advantage members. The Regence Group is the holding company for the company’s insurance products in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.
November 29, 2011 -- On Thursday, December 15, the public is invited to an open house from 4-6 p.m. at Central City Concern’s new healthcare facility located at 33 NW Broadway. The event celebrates the integration of primary healthcare with behavioral care under one roof. Guided and self-directed tours will be available.