January 11, 2012 -- For people with the most common type of low back pain, imaging tests don’t give doctors much information that’s useful for diagnosis or treatment and a non-prescription pain reliever is the best choice if medication is needed. Despite that, 2010 data shows at least 26 percent of Oregonians who received care for a new episode of simple low back pain received an imaging test and approximately 15 percent filled prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers within 90 days.
January 9, 2012 -- The Portland Interhospital Physicians Association (Portland IPA), Oregon’s largest physician group comprising more than 2,500 primary care and specialty physicians, this week launched an easy-to-access system to assist with g
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OPINION: January 9, 2012 -- This election ought to be about one issue, a referendum on health care reform.
January 6, 2012 – A coalition led by Dr. Dane Smith in Coos Bay County is determined to eliminate dental disease among its children.
“I’ve heard it said that holes in people’s teeth reflect holes in their heart, and I think there’s truth to that,” said Smith, an oral surgeon in Brookings. “People who have high self-esteem and high expectations for their lives have fewer cavities.” That’s why it takes a whole community to address the issue.
December 15, 2011 -- Mark Ganz, CEO and president of Cambia Health Solutions (formerly known as The Regence Group), isn’t out of the woods yet.
December 15, 2011— As the Oregon Health Policy Board develops the requirements that coordinated care organizations (CCOs) must meet to deliver care to more than 600,000 Oregonians, they’re faced with finding the right balance between prescriptiveness and flexibility.
Those requirements will become part of the business plan legislators will consider when they meet in February.
December 15, 2011 – In July, Dr. Kathleen Brown decided to leave the Coos Bay clinic where she’d been practicing since 1997 and open her own dermatology practice. It’s not uncommon for doctors to strike out on their own, but Brown’s decision had a twist: she decided to eschew the use of CPT codes, a set of medical billing codes required by the American Medical Association for reimbursement by insurers.
December 15, 2011—Getting legislative approval for a business plan that sets the course for transforming the Oregon Health Plan may not come down to simply a yes or no vote, according to Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) and Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg), who appeared before the Oregon Health Policy Board on Tuesday.