December 20, 2012 – Lawmakers will have $25.8 million at their disposal when the legislature convenes next February -- with no strings attached.
December 19, 2012 -- The number of people employed by Oregon Health & Science University reached a new milestone this fall: 14,000 employees.
December 19, 2012 -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced that he secured language requiring the Pentagon to detail and address upcoming changes to TRICARE Prime in this year’s defense authorization bill. The plan is based off legislation he, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) introduced earlier this month. It requires the Pentagon to assess the increased cost and overall impact that TRICARE changes will have on military retirees and their families, and, within 90 days, inform Congress of its plan to provide them with a smooth transition.
December 19, 2012 -- With the nod of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to run a health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon is plowing forward toward implementation. It’s scheduled to have a Web-based, one-stop marketplace up and
OPINION – December 20, 2012 -- In a pre-health reform world without interoperable electronic health records (EHR), or a patient-centered provider collaborative model, my healthcare experiences over the last year or so are all too common. As a biomedical informatician and healthcare attorney, I will set forth this experience in this article, and then offer some initial thoughts on how interoperable EHRs, and a patient-centered provider collaborative model can afford a greater quality of care, in a more cost-effective manner, with less angst and less time on the par
December 18, 2012 -- It’s not unusual for health insurers to reward physicians with bonuses after they tally their financial records at year’s end.
December 19, 2012 -- A six-year old girl is playing in her backyard, and cuts her foot on a thorn. She cries out for help, as blood slowly seeps from her fresh wound. Her parents rush to her side, caressing her, telling her everything is going to be alright. They notice the deep cut, and swiftly pick her up, taking her to the family minivan. 20 minutes later the family is in the doctor’s clinic.
December 19, 2012 – The newly created Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University intends to measure the effectiveness of coordinated care organizations under the leadership of John McConnell, PhD, who made a presentation at OHSU’s board meeting last week.
December 18, 2012 – Portland based OCHIN, Inc. has assembled a powerful team of MDs, informaticists and medical healthcare improvement professionals to address the data and quality needs of Oregon healthcare providers. Scott Fields, MD has been hired as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and will lead the team. Dr. Fields is a nationally recognized family physician and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).