July 30, 2009 – America’s front-line family doctors want you to know what they think about the current dysfunctional health care system and the benefits that could be realized from a system built on primary care.
July 30, 2009 -- The obesity epidemic has struck state employees whose waistlines are increasing more than most. Not only are they getting heavier, but state employees are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis – excercise less – and smoke more than their university employee counterparts.
July 30, 2009 -- Why are we still not able to reform our healthcare system so all Americans have reasonable access to evidence-based prevention and public health measures and services that will actually improve our longevity, our health and our economy?
July 23, 2009 -- Advocates are just getting started on their year-long fight against state regulators who approved a 26 percent rate hike on individual policyholders of Regence BlueCross BlueShield last July.
July 23, 2009 --The perception of the public is often that the AMA represents the majority of physicians, or even that all doctors belong to the AMA. In this time of debate over healthcare reform, it’s important to be clear about where all parties stand. Does the AMA truly represent the views of the nation’s physicians? This has recently been called into doubt.
July 23, 2009 -- When Oregon regulators analyze insurance premiums next year, they’ll take a closer look at administrative costs than nearly any health insurance regulator in United States history.
July 23, 2009 -- Oregon's Legislature "avoided all of the hard questions" when it dealt with healthcare reform, according to Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), who spoke to a group of health reform advocates earlier in the week.
I am pleased to announce that Tina Edlund has joined the Oregon Health Authority as Deputy Director for Planning and Policy Implementation. Tina is well-known in Oregon for her health policy expertise, health services research and excellent administrative skills.
July 17, 2009 -- A bipartisan group of centrist and conservative senators sent a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders on Friday urging delay in consideration of health care reform.
On June 11, Oregon's Legislature passed historic health reform legislation in House Bill 2009. In particular, HB 2009 creates an Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which is responsible for streamlining and aligning state health purchasers and programs to maximize efficiency as well as organize state health policy and health services.