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.
December 14, 2011 -- Mike McCormick will become deputy director of Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) programs in January. That agency is still without a permanent director, following the resignation of James Toews earlier this year.
December 15, 2011 – It may not jibe with the health reform law's message of integration, but the Federal Trade Commission continues to challenge provider mergers on grounds that they're anticompetitive.
The courts' reaction last week? Decidedly mixed.
December 14, 2011 -- The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation (JFR) has selected Dr. Benneth Husted as the 2011 recipient of its Ladd Award for Home and Community Based Care. She is the founder and medical director of Housecall Providers, a Portland, OR-based nonprofit that provides primary medical care and hospice services for homebound adult patients.
December 14, 2011 -- Big savings, the need for continued reform and threats to funding for home care workers were on everyone’s lips at a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Oregon Prescription Drug Program last Friday.
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