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In 2010, 18 million pounds of toxic compounds were released by 271 facilities across Oregon

January 11, 2012 -- New data detailing a surge in toxic chemical releases in Oregon and nationwide went public last week, even as state regulators try to streamline efforts to manage industrial emissions that may be harmful to human health.

Jan 11 2012
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Campaign based on new state clinical guideline urges people with low back pain to stay active, avoid unnecessary health care services

January 11, 2012 -- For people with the most common type of low back pain, imaging tests don’t give doctors much information that’s useful for diagnosis or treatment and a non-prescription pain reliever is the best choice if medication is needed. Despite that, 2010 data shows at least 26 percent of Oregonians who received care for a new episode of simple low back pain received an imaging test and approximately 15 percent filled prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers within 90 days.

Jan 11 2012
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The Portland Interhospital Physicians Association launches ‘Portland IPA Provider Connect’ as a pilot project to connect two large primary care clinics and their referral network of specialists; new system viewed as a key model for integration as prescribed in CCO rules

January 9, 2012 -- The Portland Interhospital Physicians Association (Portland IPA), Oregon’s largest physician group comprising more than 2,500 primary care and specialty physicians, this week launched an easy-to-access system to assist with g

Jan 9 2012
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Perhaps the biggest roadblock is the predominant fee-for-service system, which pays providers to deliver more services

This article was reprinted from www.kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Jan 9 2012
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Healthcare costs are the primary driver of the federal budget deficit. Congressional Budget Office projections for 2020 show that healthcare spending will consume more than 27 percent of federal budget.

OPINION: January 9, 2012 -- This election ought to be about one issue, a referendum on health care reform.

Jan 9 2012
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Cavity Free Coos Bay is assessing all school children in the district for dental health

January 6, 2012 – A coalition led by Dr. Dane Smith in Coos Bay County is determined to  eliminate dental disease among its children.  

“I’ve heard it said that holes in people’s teeth reflect holes in their heart, and I think there’s truth to that,” said Smith, an oral surgeon in Brookings. “People who have high self-esteem and high expectations for their lives have fewer cavities.” That’s why it takes a whole community to address the issue.

Jan 6 2012
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Mike Kreidler has launched a market conduct examination of Regence BlueShield and Asuris Northwest, following an investigation earlier this year

December 15, 2011 -- Mark Ganz, CEO and president of Cambia Health Solutions (formerly known as The Regence Group), isn’t out of the woods yet.

Dec 15 2011
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With time running out to finalize that plan, the board wrestled with the requirements when it met on Tuesday

December 15, 2011— As the Oregon Health Policy Board develops the requirements that coordinated care organizations (CCOs) must meet to deliver care to more than 600,000 Oregonians, they’re faced with finding the right balance between prescriptiveness and flexibility.  

Those requirements will become part of the business plan legislators will consider when they meet in February. 

Dec 14 2011
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Dr. Kathleen Brown says she’s received pushback from the two insurers for not using CPT billing codes

December 15, 2011 – In July, Dr. Kathleen Brown decided to leave the Coos Bay clinic where she’d been practicing since 1997 and open her own dermatology practice. It’s not uncommon for doctors to strike out on their own, but Brown’s decision had a twist: she decided to eschew the use of CPT codes, a set of medical billing codes required by the American Medical Association for reimbursement by insurers.

Dec 14 2011

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