Christen McCurdy

OHSU Braces for Less Research Funding, Flattened Spending, Leveled-Off Tuition

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Its fiscal year 2013 budget calls for a 2.5 percent tuition hike – down from 4 percent in recent years – and promises incoming students their tuition rates will stay the same throughout their education at OHSU.

July 1, 2013 – Oregon Health & Science University's Board of Directors approved a budget last week that calls for an operating income of $60 million in fiscal year 2013, touting a financial strategy that will emphasize non-governmental sources of scientific research funding, continue a hiring

New Clinic Serves Medicaid Patients Only

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Pendleton Primary Care may be the only clinic of its kind in the state

 

June 27, 2013 – While Oregon Health Plan patients often report difficulty finding providers who will treat them due to low reimbursement rates, a physician in Umatilla County has bucked the trend – opening a clinic that serves Medicaid patients exclusively.

Single-Payer Healthcare May Go Before Voters in 2016

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A previous ballot measure to create a single-payer system failed in 2002, but activists say they'd try to head that off with a better education campaign

June 20, 2013 – Supporters of a single-payer healthcare system may decide to put the issue before voters in 2016, depending on what members of the statewide coalition who were behind this year's failed single-payer bill in the Oregon Legislature decide at next week's annual meeting.

Billing, Provider Issues Top List of OHP complaints

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After hearing a report on client satisfaction, Health Share of Oregon ran out of time for a scheduled brainstorming session on member engagement

June 13, 2013 – Billing issues, provider rudeness and access to primary care – particularly for people living with chronic pain – top the list of complaints that Oregon Health Plan patients have with providers and the plan itself, said Ellen Pinney, patient ombudsperson for the Oregon Health Auth

Women's Advocates Emphasize Importance of Mental Healthcare

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Speakers urge women to put their own well-being at the top of the list at an event sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Health Network.

 

June 5, 2013 – A topic often overlooked – self-care for women dealing with mental health issues – was the theme of a lecture held recently at McMenamin's Kennedy School in northeast Portland.

New State Director of Addictions and Mental Health Touts Coordinated Care, Community Transition

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Pamela Martin, PhD, a recent transplant from New Mexico, said she's still getting her bearings in Oregon's healthcare system

 

May 30, 2013 -- Pamela Martin, PhD, stepped into her new role as director of Oregon's Addictions and Mental Health Division at the beginning of May, and she's still getting her bearings in Oregon after spending 35 years in the mental health field in New Mexico.

North By Northeast Clinic Maintains Focus on Uninsured, Looks to the Future

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Co-founder and medical director Dr. Jill Ginsberg says the clinic will be able to see insured patients soon – but suspects getting all eligible people enrolled under the Medicaid expansion will take years

 

May 31, 2013 – After Hurricane Katrina and the other hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed that region's out-of-date infrastructure in 2005, Dr. Jill Ginsberg – then a family provider at Kaiser Permanente in Portland – felt overwhelmed.

Treatment Facility Lets Women Parent While Kicking Their Habit

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Letty Owings Center was one of the first residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the nation to provide on site childcare

May 10, 2013 – Ten years ago, Leah Hall was using intravenous drugs every day, and turned to crime to support herself and her daughter, who was then just one year old. Eventually, Hall went to jail and her daughter went into foster care, and she called her daughter's paternal grandmother and said she wanted to go into treatment.

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