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Inspired by Robert Whitaker's 'Anatomy of an Epidemic,' the grants will aid investigation of care models that have helped patients overseas

November 21, 2012 -- The Wilsonville-based Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care – started last year to support a new model for mental health research – has awarded a $100,000 grant to research whether the Finnish “open dialogue” model can be implemented in the United States, and is both offering and seeking funds for other related grant projects.

Nov 20 2012
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OSPIRG suggests there’s a potential conflict of interest between an insurer and a company designed to help people find errors and overcharges on their insurance bills

November 21, 2012 -- A potential conflict of interest exists between an organization set up to help people resolve their health insurance bills, known as CoPatient, and the non-profit parent corporation of an insurance company, Cambia Health Solutions which derives its income from the investment portfolio and surpluses of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and other Regence plans in Washington, Idaho and Utah.

That’s the concern of Jesse Ellis O’Brien, the healthcare advocate for OSPIRG, a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests.

Nov 20 2012
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Cascade Health Alliance, which has been certified as the CCO, cannot move forward because of an impasse with county commissioners over mental health services

November 21, 2012 -- The movement to create coordinated care organizations throughout Oregon is riddled with tension in Klamath County where its commissioners are embroiled in a dispute with Cascade Health Alliance over who should be responsible for mental health services.

Nov 20 2012
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Salem Health also has a Honolulu-based subsidiary, Willamette Valley Insurance Corp., which exists solely to provide insurance to its parent company

November 21, 2012 -- President Norman Gruber made $877,502 in the hospital’s 2011 fiscal year, up 10 percent from the previous year. Chief Medical Offer William Holloway’s compensation climbed 11.4 percent, to $576,945. Neither man has fully recovered from pay cuts experienced in 2010, when salaries of the hospital’s top paid employees fell 15 percent.

Nov 20 2012
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Lillian Shirley, the director of Multnomah County’s Public Health Department, believes it’s critical to understand where a patient is coming from

November 20, 2012 -- Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations should make important public health goals such as reducing diabetes and obesity top priorities, but they must realize that culturally appropriate care is essential if their messages are to be heard, a top public health official told The Lund Report.

Nov 20 2012
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The author cites a web site that shows which cities have stopped fluoridating their water since 1990

OPINION – November 20, 2012 -- Like it or not, fluoridation is all mixed up in politics. I don’t like it at all, but I don’t always get what I want, as evidenced by Stanford beating the Ducks last Saturday.

Nov 19 2012
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November 19, 2012 -- Yamhill County Care Organization, one of Oregon’s newest Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) serving recipients of the Oregon Health Plan, has named James Carlough as its new Executive Director.

With more than 18 years experience working with managed care services and multiple health care delivery systems, Carlough combines business acumen with a broad knowledge of the community members served by the Oregon Health Plan, according to Silas Halloran-Steiner, the CCO’s board chairman.

Nov 19 2012
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Distinguished faculty from Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University receive the MRF's annual awards for scientific leadership and innovation

By: Oregon Health & Science University

November 16, 2012 -- The Medical Research Foundation of Oregon has announced the recipients of its 2012 awards for scientific leadership and innovation in Oregon. The awards were presented Nov. 15 at a reception in Portland.

Honorees

Nov 16 2012
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But patients who want to start seeing naturopathic doctors through the Oregon Health Plan are still out of luck

November 16, 2012 -- Naturopathic doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that they will have a place within Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) after officials threatened to cut them out of the primary-care system and seemingly ignore non-discrimination language in Senate Bill 1509.

Nov 15 2012
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The legislative draft calls for physicians to discuss serious medical errors with their patients and, depending on the severity of the problem, offer them a financial settlement outside the courtroom

November 15, 2012 -- After months of negotiations between trial lawyers and physicians, legislators are optimistic about reaching a consensus on medical malpractice reform when they gather in Salem next month. All along the goal has been to find a way of reducing lawsuits while creating a safer patient environment.

Nov 15 2012

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