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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.

Dec 5 2011
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The CEO of Advantage Dental Plan believes we’re spending too much money on expensive technology and need to redirect those dollars to basic healthcare services

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.

Dec 4 2011
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The center was made possible because of a $8.95 million federal grant and initially will serve 600 homeless people

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.

Dec 2 2011
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Increasing the availability of different types of residential facilities is critical, according to Mary Claire Buckley

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.”

Nov 30 2011
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The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund has provided a $221,000 three-year grant to the Highlands Neighborhood Association that’s focused on the social determinants of health, not healthcare

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.

Nov 30 2011
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The Lund Report needs to raise another $2,500 to meet the $10,000 challenge grant from Northwest Health Foundation

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.

Nov 30 2011
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Researchers hope to develop a toolkit to help people improve their experiences

November 30, 2011 -- Researchers at OHSU are developing a toolkit to deal with the barriers faced by people with autism in the healthcare system.

Nov 30 2011
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But legislators are unlikely to take action because of the strong lobbying efforts by insurance companies

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.

Nov 30 2011
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The board members of The Regence Group listed below represent the company’s four states – Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah

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.

Nov 29 2011
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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.

Nov 29 2011

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