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Any reform needs to tackle hospitals and specialty care, says Providence CEO

January 14, 2010 -- Despite pronouncements by Congress, reforming the health insurance industry won’t curb escalating costs unless politicians confront the provider delivery system, according to Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plans.

Jan 14 2010
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Proponents hope to link medical liability issues with patient safety concerns

January 14, 2010 -- Oregon officials are eager to apply for a federal grant to conduct research on tort reform.

Since none of the health reform bills moving through Congress include tort reform, the Obama Administration has set aside grant funds that will be administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy. 

Jan 14 2010
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Unlike previous discussions of this contentious topic, no one raised an objection
January 14, 2010 -- Dr. Chuck Hofmann was right all along. He adamantly believed that the newly formed Oregon Health Policy Board needed to create a task force to investigate Oregon’s medical liability system.
 
Jan 14 2010

January 14, 2010 -- After spending 21 years as executive director of CLHO, Linda Fleming stepped down on Dec. 31. As the organization’s first executive director, she was a strong public health advocate on behalf of the state’s local health departments. Traveling 20,000 miles a year, she also advised the Department of Human Services on public health standards and programming.  

Jan 14 2010
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January 14, 2010 -- Tammy Bray has been named chair of the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee by the Oregon Health Policy Board, while Lila Wickham is the committee vice chair. Bray works at Oregon State University; Wickham is with the Multnomah County Health Department.

The committee is charged with promoting and supporting lifestyle changes to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Their plan will incorporate policy, systems and environmental approaches that promote population health.

Committee members include:

Jan 14 2010
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False claims act case blamed on Medicare billing errors

January 6, 2010 -- Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle False Claims Act liability in connection with Medicare billing errors between 2000 and 2004.

The settlement followed a voluntary disclosure by Kaiser in 2005 that it had on occasion billed for hospice services without first obtaining certifications of terminal illness required under federal law. The settlement does not address whether any of the services were inappropriate.

Jan 6 2010
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From reimbursement rates to public policy and medical schools, a UCLA professor emeritus offers a step-by-step solution

Jan 6 2010
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Preliminary data obtained by The Lund Report reveals new wrinkles in physician workforce shortage

This is the third article in the series on the shortage of primary care physicians in Oregon. Also see Part 1 and Part 2.

Jan 6 2010
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SEIU, CareOregon and Oregon Health Care Association top the list

January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.

Jan 6 2010
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The council under the Department of Human Services has started a Facebook page to stay in touch

January 6, 2010 -- As parents and public health leaders become increasingly concerned about childhood obesity, which is quickly becoming the nations top health risk, Oregon is taking the lead in promoting children’s health and giving parents some tools that can help.
 

Jan 6 2010

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