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The Oregon Health Authority wants to use federal savings to help fund the start up of CCOs

November 10, 2011—Dr. Bruce Goldberg is in active discussions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to see if federal funds are available to jump start the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) which will provide physical, mental health and dental services to more than 630,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan next July.

Nov 10 2011
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They also want to better define the role of community health workers, personal health navigators and peer wellness specialists

November 10, 2011 – Developing a strategic plan to recruit and retain primary care providers is at the essence of a workgroup led by Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center, which met recently.

Nov 10 2011
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Few new graduates find rural areas appealing because of their debt load

November 10, 2011 -- The days of selling a private dental practice in rural Oregon are coming to an end, in part, because of the overwhelming debt faced by new graduates.

Dr. Gary Brooks knows that well. In the past ten years, he’s been approached by only three dentists interested in buying his practice, and none of them came back with an actual offer.

“With the amount of loans new dentists come out of school with, they can’t afford to buy a practice,” said Brooks, who’s been practicing in Willamina since 1975.

Nov 10 2011
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A recent report from the Oregon Center for Nursing indicates there’s a nursing shortage, but new graduates are having a difficult time finding work

November 10, 2011 -- It took Jennifer Wieczorek, a 2008 graduate of Linfield College's nursing program, a year and a half to find a job using her degree – and she was the last person in her cohort to do so.

While in school, Wierczorek had a verbal agreement with Legacy Good Samaritan that she’d work there as an operating room nurse upon graduation. But it took longer than expected to pass her board certification exams, and by the time she did, Legacy didn't have a position for her anymore.

Nov 10 2011
The Oregon Physicians’ Group Mad As Hell Doctors received a prestigious award in Washington, D.C on October 29 at the annual meeting of the Physicians for a National Health Program.

Nov 9 2011
As a special project for Medicare, Acumentra Health will assist Oregon physician practices in electronically reporting adult immunization data to Oregon’s statewide immunization registry, the ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

November 8, 2011 — As a special project for Medicare, Acumentra Health will assist Oregon physician practices in electronically reporting adult immunization data to Oregon’s statewide immunization registry, the ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

Nov 9 2011
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A fund-raising event and public hearing on the controversy occurred on the same day, raising eyebrows.
June 2, 2010 -- A fund-raising event for two prominent Democratic senators – Alan Bates and Laurie Monnes Anderson – occurred the same day as a controversial hearing on the fate of more than 10,000 children enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.
Jun 2 2010
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Jody Mohr Peterson is Assistant Director of the Department of Human Services in charge of the Division of Medical Assistance Programs
Jun 2 2010
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That money will help subsidize the medical claim costs for people who enroll in the federal high risk pool slated to start Aug. 1.

June 2, 2010 -- Oregon is poised to receive $66 million over the next three years to run a federal high risk pool. A formal application was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday.

If everything goes as planned, people can start enrolling July 1, with the program getting under way the following month, said Tom Jovick, administrator of the Office of Oregon Health Partnerships, which runs the Oregon high risk pool known as OMIP.

Jun 2 2010

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