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CEO Bill McMillan is confident the hospital can meet the community’s healthcare needs

January 23, 2012 -- Even as Curry County’s unemployment rate inches downward, the CEO of the Curry Health Network, Bill McMillan, announced a work force reduction in the network’s three operating facilities. He said the 23 positions eliminated could save the network big money in a bad economy.

“This should save over $1 million annually,” McMillan wrote on the network’s website. “We honor those who lost their jobs and hope and pray for their welfare.”

Jan 23 2012
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Their rates fell statewide without Legislative fix last year

January 23, 2012 -- Kathy Moon, a nurse practitioner at Dunes Family Health Care, is one of the lucky ones whose practice hasn’t closed down or had to slash services because nurses now make less for performing the same functions as physicians.

Not that her patients wouldn’t notice the strain on her practice, she points out. But while it doesn’t affect her personally, being on a salary, it does affect the clinic’s ability to hire help in the office.

Jan 23 2012
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When the coordinated care organizations begin delivering health care to people on the Oregon Health Plan, they need to mirror Medicaid law, according to Mike Bonetto

January 23, 2012— When the House Health Care Committee met earlier this week, concern was raised about how non-discrimination language would impact provider groups wanting to participate in coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

Starting in July, these CCOs are expected to integrate the physical, mental and dental care for more than 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan.

Jan 23 2012
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University is first West Coast academic institution to join the alliance

January 19, 2012 -- Oregon Health & Science University has joined the University Partnership of BioPontis Alliance, becoming the ninth premier institution engaged in the partnership to improve how discoveries made in laboratories at academic research centers translate into public benefit.

Jan 19 2012
Praising the efforts of the transformation team, the executive director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics says the future of healthcare in Oregon is still unknown

January 19, 2012 – Sam Chase stepped into his role as executive director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics 18 months ago after serving as Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish's chief of staff and working with a variety of groups and government agencies on social justice and poverty issues, including the Oregon Opportunity Network and the Clackamas County Land Trust.

Jan 18 2012
At the same time, Norm Gruber, president of Salem Health, is exploring the feasibility of creating a physician-hospital organization

January 19, 2012 – Salem Health has announced that it’s opening a new clinic in May, known as Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine in West Salem. It will be staffed by three physicians who currently practice in the Salem Hospital campus clinic -- Drs. Rashanda Brown, Patricia Otis and Anna Techentin.

Yet, that property -- located at 1049 Edgewater St. NW – had been owned by a prominent member of Salem Health’s Foundation Board – Paul Gehlar.

Jan 18 2012
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A grassroots campaign is forming to build public support for a ballot measure in 2013

January 19, 2012—Healthcare advocates, medical professionals, and legislators are developing a state-wide grassroots campaign to start educating the public about a single payer health system to provide universal coverage for everyone.

“It’s really the only way that we can assure affordable, high quality healthcare for all,” said Rep. Mike Dembrow (D-Portland), who introduced such legislation during the 2011 session which received a courtesy hearing in the House Healthcare Committee, but never came up for a vote.

Jan 18 2012
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The big question is what happens to these reserves held by the 14 plans that provide healthcare to Oregon Health Plan members

January 19, 2012—Oregon’s preparing to launch a major healthcare transformation that will lead to the creation of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and integrate physical, mental and dental care for more than 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan.

But an important question hangs in the balance. What will happen to the millions of dollars in reserve funds now held by the managed care plans that currently provide such services?

Jan 18 2012
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Guest columnist Mike Kreidler, Washington's insurance commissioner, argues the Legislature should give him the authority to consider insurance companies' surpluses, among them Regence BlueShield, when deciding whether to approve insurance rates

Guest columnist Mike Kreidler, Washington's insurance commissioner, argues the Legislature should give him the authority to consider insurance companies' surpluses, among them Regence BlueShield, when deciding whether to approve insurance rates.

Jan 18 2012
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January 18, 2012  The Salem Health Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that J. Bart McMullan, Jr., M.D., of Portland, has accepted an appointment to the Salem board. McMullan brings valuable health-care experiences, from roles as a physician, administrator of a medical practice and insurance companies, and as a health-care-reform leader.

Jan 18 2012

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