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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.