December 14, 2011—The 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan aren’t the only ones who will see their healthcare delivered by the newly-formed coordinated care organizations (CCOs).
December 14, 2011 - Recognizing an absence of the patient voice in the essential benefits debate, patient advocate groups representing those who live with chronic disease and disability have joined together to form an “I am Essential” campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that every American has access to the quality comprehensive and affordable health care as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers its recommendations for the nation’s Essential Health Benefits package.
December 14, 2011 - The Kaiser Permanente Center for Heart and Vascular Care at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center has been ranked the No. 1 heart surgery center in Oregon for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) operations.
The Center for Heart and Vascular Care earned three stars from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for outstanding work on a variety of quality measures including overall performance, patient survival, complications, and medication management. It’s the only program in the state to receive the top rating.
December 9, 2011 -- Working with human breast cells, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have shown how the inactivation of a single copy of the breast cancer gene BRCA1 leaves breast cells vulnerable to cancer by reducing their ability to repair DNA damage, causing genetic inst
December 8, 2011 -- After a career spent as an ophthalmologist in Salem, Andy Harris, M.D., was ready to give back by being a doctor in an entirely different way. He hoped to travel to developing countries to offer basic medical services to people in dire need.
But there was a problem: he realized to be truly helpful, he needed a refresher on primary care, and some training on practicing medicine in the often difficult circumstances doctors find in low-income countries. And, looking around, he could find no way for U.S. medical professionals to get such training.
December 8, 2011 -- Cutting down on toxic chemicals is nice, but a coalition of environmental health advocates and the historic industrial operation they challenged to slash cancer-causing emissions are congratulating themselves for avoiding a situation that's toxic in a different way: years of acrimonious litigation.
Just because the air has cleared in a tony Portland neighborhood, though, don't expect much praise for the way Oregon regulates air pollution and its impact on environmental health.
December 8, 2011 -- Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) announced the House and Senate Health Care committees will hold a special joint hearing on Tuesday, December 20 to receive public testimony on proposed healthcare reforms.
Rep. Thompson, co-chair of the House Healthcare Committee, said the joint committee will address efforts to reform Oregon’s Medicaid system, known as “Healthcare Transformation,” as well as the proposal to create a new state health insurance exchange.
December 8, 2011—Turning away gay men who’d like to donate blood is a practice the American Red Cross’s Pacific Northwest regional office would like to change.
“We definitely would like to see the ban lifted and or changed,” said Daphne Mathew, the American Red Cross’s regional spokesperson. “It could increase our donations,”
Blood shortages are common in the Pacific Northwest, Mathew said, especially during the holiday season.
December 8, 2011 – Since he’s been a teenager, Patrick Ferrari has coveted food. To him, every day was like Thanksgiving – he’d eat until he was stuffed. By the time he graduated from college, Ferrari, who stands 6’3,” weighed 401 pounds.
“I’d love to get big plates of French fries and eat until I could barely move; I just couldn’t stop,” said Ferrari, 26, who lives in Albany and works at a group home for adults with mental health disabilities. “The last time I went to Red Lobster, I ate 120 shrimp.”
December 7, 2011 – With budget reductions looming as the February legislative session draws closer, Dr. Mel Kohn, director of the state’s Public Health Division, is being forced to take a hard look at making cuts.
“There aren't a lot of places to go,” Kohn told the Public Health Advisory Board last Friday. “We're in a very difficult place, and it's going to be a very difficult session in February.”