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Two or three counties will experiment with integrating mental and physical health organizations

June 10, 2009 -- A shock wave hit the mental health community when lawmakers talked about changing the playing field. Since February 1, 1994, when the Oregon Health Plan rolled off the block, Oregon’s counties have sat at the control tower of mental health services.

Jun 10 2009
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Enrollment dropped 2 percent in the first quarter of 2009
June 10, 2009 -- Job losses only had a slight impact on the enrollment numbers of commercial health plans during the first three months of the year. Slightly over 1.8 million Oregonians had health insurance on March 31.
Jun 10 2009
medical bills
Consumers should more easily get detailed cost information from their insurer

June 10, 2009 -- Say your doctor suggests you need gall bladder surgery, and you want to know how much of the bill your health insurer will actually pay. Starting July 1, that information should be easy as making a toll-free phone call or clicking onto your insurer’s Web site. 

Jun 10 2009
A national reimbursement system can realign the delivery of healthcare services from one of maximizing profit to one in which we maximize health

June 10, 2009 -- Our current healthcare system is a mess for both those who carry health insurance and those without. Only a single payer national health insurance program that provides public financing for privately delivered healthcare services can clean up this mess and provide all Americans access to needed medical services regardless of ability to pay.

Jun 10 2009
med school
A generation gap, or do med students become less empathetic, more cynical with formal education?

June 10, 2009 -- There is nothing like a corrupt philosophy to bring down a winning organization, such as the education of future physicians. Today many medical students discover the personal philosophy that inspired them to enter medical school is eroding, if not gone completely, following their exposure to medical education.

Jun 10 2009
Nancy Ann DeParle
The fight for a public health plan option may have lost sight of what it really means
June 5, 2009 -- As Congress prepares its healthcare reform package, a debate looms over whether it should include a “public option” to compete with private plans and, presumably, keep them honest. Since a universal public health plan -- single payer—challenges the whole role of private insurance, the public option was supposed to be seen by the health insurance industry as a “lesser evil” and therefore elicit less resistance.
Jun 5 2009
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Conservative business groups mount attack, claiming tax would raise health insurance premiums

June 5, 2009 -- Oregon lawmakers face a crucial vote on Monday morning (June 8). That’s when the battle to reform Oregon’s healthcare system takes center stage.

Jun 5 2009
Providence Newberg
Net income exceeds projections this year by $25 million, but the hospital system remains cautious
June 5, 2009 -- Despite the economic turndown, Providence’s financial position is extremely strong, evidenced by a memo sent to its employees recently by Russ Danielson, chief executive, and Terry Smith, chief operating officer, obtained by The Lund Report.
Jun 5 2009
Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell
Soldiers and their families continue having a hard time finding a doctor who accepts TRICARE, the federal insurance program tied to Medicare

June 5, 2009 --Healthcare access issues in rural Oregon facing military service members are close to crisis proportions, said Brigadier Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon Military Department.

Jun 5 2009
rejected
Nearly 6,000 Oregonians who tried to buy individual health insurance were refused in first three months of this year

June 5, 2009 -- At a time when more Oregonians try to find health insurance in the individual market, insurers stepped up the number of people they refused to cover.

Jun 5 2009

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