March 13, 2012 -- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan ranks highest in member satisfaction with health plans in the Northwest region, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Member Health Plan Study released today.

Now in its sixth year, the study measures member satisfaction among 141 health plans in 17 regions throughout the U.S. by examining seven key factors: coverage and benefits; provider choice; information and communication; claims processing; statements; customer service; and approval processes.

Mar 13 2012
The bill would have required the state to pay for drugs that treat mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer and immunosuppressant disorders

March 12, 2012—A bill that would have required the state to continue paying for drugs used for mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and immunosuppressant drugs until 2016 died in the last days of the Legislature, blocked by the House and facing a veto threat from Governor Kitzhaber.

Mar 12 2012
Two of the state's three largest health insurers report gains in their surpluses, just as Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler continues to argue that the funds those nonprofits have amassed go far beyond what might be needed

Republished courtesy of Kaiser Health News and the Seattle Times

Mar 12 2012
Consortium will continue studying mechanisms that link stress, anxiety, alcohol intake

March 8, 2012 -- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has funded a five-year, $21 million Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism grant to support a multi-site consortium led by an Oregon Health & Science University researcher.

Mar 8 2012
A work group with representatives from health plans, business, advocates, providers and insurance brokers is expected to come up with the essential benefits that will be offered by the exchange

March 8, 2012 -- Governor John Kitzhaber lauded the bipartisan support by legislators in passing legislation to enact the health insurance exchange, declaring that the exchange will play a pivotal role in improving the quality and health of Oregonians, and, at the same reduce costs. He signed House Bill 4164 in front of consumer advocates, business and healthcare leaders at the Exchange Board meeting this afternoon.

Mar 8 2012

March 8, 2012 -- The goals of healthier mothers and babies are prompting some new approaches to prenatal care at Oregon clinics which serve high populations of Latinas.

One-third of Hispanic mothers receive no prenatal care in their first trimester of pregnancy and are less likely to have health insurance than are non-Hispanics in Oregon.

Mar 7 2012
The training program is intended for nurses who work with people from diverse cultures such as the Somali Bantu population

March 8, 2012 – Caring for patients from diverse cultures can be a daunting task for nurses who may only have practiced in relatively homogeneous workplaces and face communication difficulties.

That’s why the Oregon Center of Nursing has begun offering a series of trainings for nurses who want to become more culturally competent. Training sessions are focused on Latino, Burmese and Somali/Bantu populations.

Mar 7 2012
House Bill 4084 makes it easier for law enforcement to access financial and medical records of seniors during an abuse investigation

March 8, 2012 – Before adjourning, the Oregon Legislature passed a law making it easier to investigate abuse among people over age 65. House Bill 4084 allows investigating agencies to look at the financial and medical records of seniors, extends the statute of limitations on certain elder abuse crimes (including theft and robbery) from two years to six years, and removes the ability to expunge these crimes from a person’s criminal record.

Mar 7 2012
At an informational session before the Legislature adjourned, Greenlick urged a healthcare work group to draft such legislation for the 2013 session

March 8, 2012 – It’s very likely that the 2013 Legislature will consider a bill mandating flu vaccinations for all healthcare workers in Oregon.

Dr. Mel Kohn, director of Oregon’s Public Health Division and the state’s health officer, shared those comments during an information session before the House Health Care Committee recently.

Mar 7 2012

March 7, 2012 -- Family, friends and colleagues will celebrate the life of the late Allan Price, former OHSU Foundation president and OHSU senior vice president for advancement, at a public memorial at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Price, who was 56, drowned Feb. 17 while vacationing with his wife in Mexico.

Price assumed his jobs at OHSU and the OHSU Foundation, OHSU's nonprofit fundraising affiliate, in 2008.

Mar 7 2012