Republished with permission from State of Reform
The Oregon Health Authority has awarded $27 million in “transformation funds” to the 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs) that serve the state’s Medicaid population.
September 6, 2013—The Southwest Washington Behavioral Health’s governing board has substantially increased the reimbursement rates for mental healthcare providers, bringing them closer to the market rate.
September 3, 2013—The Oregon Public Health Division has hired an epidemiologist who will focus on determining how climate change will affect people’s health, both regionally and individually.
August 27, 2013—Medical groups representing practitioners who dispense medications are raising concerns about registering as a “drug outlet” with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, which would allow the board to inspect their sites and investigate whether medication is safely dispensed, stored, labeled, and inventoried.
August 21, 2013--The drumbeat to inform Oregonians about impending health reform continued on Monday with a town hall hosted by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D) and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith that 120 people attended.
August 19, 2013—Trillium Community Health Plan, the coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan patients in Lane County, is hoping to start a new, integrated approach to treating patients suffering from chronic pain by early next year.
July 24, 2013—Oregon’s new insurance commissioner thinks there’s an opportunity to make insurance companies more accountable to consumers and drive healthcare costs down as the Affordable Care Act is implemented and the state seeks ways to bolster its rate review process.
July 23, 2013—The more Mulysa Melco noticed the amount of Round Up, pesticides and herbicides used by the garden center where she worked as a landscape designer, the more worried she became about those pesticide’s health and environmental effects.