February 17, 2012 -- Whenever an unusual campaign contribution shows up in a political action committee report, heads start turning, asking the pivotal question – what’s the intent behind this?
February 17, 2012—The vote of Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), a crucial swing vote when the Senate decided to allow the Oregon Health Authority to move ahead with creating coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and overhauling the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system, changed at the last moment because memos from the Department of Justice and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) revealed serious constitutional concerns about the proposed medical liability language for Senate Bill 1580.
February 17, 2012—Legislation that would reimburse nurse practitioners at the same rate as primary care doctors failed to pass on the House floor last week as expected, and instead was sent to the Rules Committee where such bills usually die.
The motion made by Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) seemed to catch people off guard, yet had bipartisan support with a 33-26 vote. Conger said House Bill 4010 needed to go to the Rules Committee because he was concerned about the definition of a nurse practitioner’s “service area.”
February 16, 2012 -- Teenage girls lost weight and adopted healthier long-term habits when primary care providers, peers and family members were involved in their care, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, it's the first study to show long-term success from a weight management program specifically for teenage girls. The study followed 208 girls between the ages of 12 and 17 in Oregon and Washington.
February 17, 2012 -- Next time you struggle to put down that extra slice of pizza or get off the couch you might not feel so guilty about your lack of motivation, but new research suggests you may want to consider the role the environment may have played in your eating habits.
February 16, 2012— Health insurers in Oregon may no longer be able to lower the assessments they pay into the high risk pool.
Up until now, insurers have been offered a 10 percent reduction if they could show, on average, that they denied coverage less than 20 percent of the time over the previous three years.
February 16, 2012 -- A bill that would require pharmacy benefit managers in Oregon to obtain a license, and renew it every year with the State Board of Pharmacy, has been moved out of the 2012 legislative session.
House Bill 4122 will, instead, be the subject of a workgroup in the interim. That workgroup will be chaired by Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) and Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas), the co-chair of the House Health Care Committee.
In an interview with The Lund Report, Thompson explained how those managers, or PBMs, fit into the pharmacy stream.
February 15, 2012 -- Providence Health Plans is seeking a 5.4 percent average rate increase for small businesses, which would affect 2,645 employers who have 30,869 employees. If approved, the increase would take effect August 1.
The Oregon Insurance Division has scheduled a public hearing for 10 a.m., February 24 at the Public Services Building in Salem. To learn more details and submit a public comment, click here.
February 15, 2012 -- Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Dr. Carla McKelvey to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board.
“She brings a tremendous number of touch points to the work ahead, and I’m pleased she’s agreed to serve,” Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Health Authority, told board members yesterday.
McKelvey, president of the Oregon Medical Association, is a pediatrician and the medical director of the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay. She replaces Dr. Charles Hofmann, an internist from Baker City, whose term ended.
February 15, 2012 -- Come down to the Cafe at Sisters Of The Road, and you will often hear about health concerns. These include trouble getting needed health care, chronic medical and mental health conditions, and a lack of resources that promote wellness.