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.
January 18, 2012 -- Legacy Health System is preparing to reduce its work force by 400 employees because of a $40 million budget gap that includes $30 million in Medicaid payment reductions. Employees will be notified by February 15.
January 18, 2012 -- As policymakers wrestle with transforming Oregon’s healthcare system to control costs and improve quality, competition stands in the way, according to Dr. Charles Kilo, chief medical officer at Oregon Health & Science University.
January 18, 2012 -- In a state where technology is dominant – Oregon health care providers are rapidly adopting EHRs and advancing both state and national health reform initiatives.
January 12, 2012 -- Willamette Dental Group, the Pacific Northwest’s largest multispecialty group dental practice, has recently undergone several transformational changes to its corporate strategy and development. Their intent and commitment is to implement significant improvements to increase customer satisfaction and to deliver superior patient care.
January 12, 2012 -- Primary care practices can now charge patients a set fee that is paid regularly, such as monthly, in return for specific health care services. However, doctor offices using this approach must register with the state.
January 12, 2012 -- The state of Oregon is looking for health care providers to adopt a primary care model designed for better health and lower costs. Across the state, more than 80 clinics already have applied to be officially recognized by the state as “patient-centered primary care homes.”
January 12, 2012 — Leaders of some of Oregon’s most progressive consumer groups signed onto a letter this week advocating for six priorities the staff and board of directors of Oregon's health insurance exchange should have this year as they work to create the exchange.
January 12, 2012 -- Before the Insurance Division approves the rate request for small employers by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, it needs to justify those increases, according to Laura Etherton, healthcare advocate for OSPIRG Foundation.
January 12, 2012— Malpractice reform has caught the attention of healthcare professionals at the national level because of its economic impact on reducing costs. A study conducted in 2010 by Amitabh Chandra, PhD, an economist and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, estimated that 2.4% or approximately $60 billion annually could be attributed to malpractice claims.