February 9, 2012 -- Indigent women in Marion County are about to lose an invaluable resource following the closure of the Family Birth Center Clinic run by Salem Health, which has provided prenatal care to indigent women with high-risk pregnancies since 2005.
February 7, 2012 -- The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) launched a new ad campaign in Oregon that highlights the core value proposition of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The ad campaign - "That's What PBMs Do" - focuses on key themes including:
PBMs lower costs for employers, unions, and consumers
PBM mail-service pharmacies improve safety, savings, and convenience
PBMs help patients make informed prescription drug decisions and improve adherence.
February 7, 2012 -- Doctors Express, the first ever national urgent care franchise is expanding in Portland just 9 months after they established their first center in Lake Oswego. Renowned Portland physician Dr. Lou Perretta joined the group as the Medical Director and is partnering with former Intel Executive Guru Sankar to build and operate the new urgent care facilities, combining clinical excellence with business savvy and a singular focus on patient service.
February 7, 2012 -- In an effort to reach more consumers, the Insurance Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is developing a series of webinars and virtual town halls that will allow people to learn about key insurance topics from home.
“This is an efficient and cost-effective way to reach people who want to learn more about insurance,” Acting Insurance Division Administrator Lou Savage said.
February 6, 2012—The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare and its executive director Gina Nikkel are off to a running start, funding its first projects that Nikkel hopes will begin creating a more holistic understanding and way of treating mental illness.
Nikkel, who was previously executive director of the Association of Oregon County Mental Health Programs, has been participating frequently in international calls, and has racked up 4,000 minutes of phone calls in one month. “That’s two solid weeks of being on the phone,” she said.
February 6, 2012 -- WVP Health Authority is seeking a $6.3 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to launch a “Power of Wellness” project as part of its ongoing commitment to create a quality community-based care organization for the Mid-Willamette Valley.
February 6, 2012 -- Delegates from 28 unions, nonprofits and grassroots organizations gathered in Portland on Friday, January 27, to form a new coalition that will advocate for universal health care in Oregon and the U.S. Seven labor unions joined with 21 community organizations to sign the membership agreement, approve bylaws, and elect an interim executive committee.
February 6, 2012 -- Technology is changing so quickly that state officials and advocates overseeing more streamlined transfers of health information in Oregon are scrambling to keep up.
2010 may not seem like that long ago, but from the perspective of a computer, it’s already the Stone Age. That was the year that the Community Leadership Council of the Archimedes Movement made recommendations on the state’s Strategic Plan for Health Information Exchange, which the federal government approved a few months later.
February 3, 2012— Despite taking care of pregnant women who have some of the highest risk factors for giving birth to low-weight babies, the women seen at Douglas County’s Prenatal Clinic beat the odds – and had the lowest rate of giving birth to low-weight babies compared to the rest of Douglas
The Oregon and Southwest Washington local affiliate has received many inquiries regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s national decision to change its granting guidelines and performance criteria. Specifically, the effect these changes will have on Planned Parenthood and other Komen grantees. Komen Oregon is opposed to the new national Komen community grant eligibility policy.