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Regence members now have health care information in the palms of their hands 24/7

June 13, 2012 -- Isn’t there a pharmacy just around the corner?  How much of my deductible have I satisfied?  What was my member number, again? Regence members can now answer these questions and hundreds of others from the convenience of their smart phone. myRegence.com has gone mobile.

Jun 13 2012
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On July 1, employees covered by the self-insured plan in Portland will qualify for autism coverage for their families

June 13, 2012 -- Efforts are still underway to craft legislation for next February’s session aimed at requiring health insurers to cover autism spectrum disorders. However, the city of Portland and the federal government are ahead of the game, having recently enacted such coverage for employees and their family members.

Jun 13 2012
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Recommendations for physicians and patients offered by RS Medical as CMS issues decision for widely used TENS therapy

June 13, 2012 -- RS Medical today reacted to news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Final Decision Memorandum restricting coverage for a popular, non-invasive, inexpensive pain therapy called Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This notice is expected to result in a national coverage decision later this year. TENS is delivered to the lower back by using a small stimulation device that's mobile or can be used at home.

Jun 12 2012
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June 13, 2012 -- Two of Washington’s largest nonprofit health insurers are each sitting on record surpluses of more than $1 billion.

“At a time when people are paying more for their health premiums and getting less, these companies have stockpiled huge assets,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

State law requires Kreidler’s office to ignore insurer surpluses when reviewing proposed premiums. Kreidler has repeatedly tried to change the law.

Jun 12 2012
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Some counties in Oregon provide pregnant women primary care, but advocates demand more services

June 13, 2012 -- Immigration status puts another layer of complexity on an already overly complex system for medical insurance coverage in Oregon and across the U.S.

Oregon’s rate of uninsured children is lower than the nation’s average after the Healthy Kids program expanded coverage to virtually all minors, but there are still residency requirements attached to the program, so undocumented kids are relegated to emergency
medical coverage only.

Jun 12 2012
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The Oregon Health Authority is emphasizing that patient’s services and care will not change

June 7, 2012—Communication to Oregon Health Plan patients about what the monumental changes to the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system means to them is beginning in earnest as the August 1 start date for 11 organizations likely to become coordinated care organizations throughout Oregon nears.

Jun 7 2012
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Objectives include reduction of dating violence along with reduction of teen pregnancy and STDs

June 7, 2012 -- Oregon's youth sexual health plan has received high praise from STD prevention officials at the national level for bucking a major trend in youth sexual health programs.

Oregon's plan looks at sexuality as a normal part of healthy development, whereas historically, preventing pregnancies and STDs took center stage in sexual health programs.

Jun 7 2012
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It’s unclear if two others still intend to apply, but they face different challenges different from local organizations

June 7, 2012—Many were shocked when two large, publicly traded companies sent letters of intent to the Oregon Health Authority expressing their intention to apply to become a coordinated care organization. Now it’s not clear if they, or a third out-of-state organization, will even apply.

Jun 7 2012
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Statistics say healthcare workers are twice as likely to be victims of workplace violence, but employers are exempt from OSHA reporting requirements, and can keep info on training and safety plans under wraps

June 7, 2012 -- Two weeks ago, community health worker Jennifer Warren was stabbed to death in the St. Helens home of Brent K. Redd Jr., who was receiving services from Columbia County Community Mental Health (CCMH), Warren's employer.

Redd had been released from Oregon State Hospital under supervision by the Psychiatric Security Review Board.

Jun 7 2012
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Numerous grant-funded projects throughout the state are aiming to reduce barriers, increase awareness of breast feeding, and encourage mothers

June 1, 2012— Although 90 percent of Oregon women start out breastfeeding their newly born infants, only 21 percent continue breastfeeding until their infant is six months old. Oregon’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program hopes to get that number higher with the help of additional dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jun 1 2012

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