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Judge Orders Preliminary Injunction Against Trillium and Health Net

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Moving swiftly, a federal judge found that health insurers Trillium Community Health Plan and Health Net Health Plan had likely misled consumers about their Medicare Advantage plans for 2020 and ordered the two companies to post clarifying statements on their websites and send clarifying informat

PeaceHealth Files Suit, Accusing Trillium, Health Net Of False Advertising

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PeaceHealth has filed suit against Trillium Community Health Plan and its affiliate, Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, alleging the two insurers engaged in false advertising by touting their Medicare Advantage plans for 2020 as including PeaceHealth as an in-network provider.

Death Toll Rises Among Homeless In Multnomah County

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More homeless people than ever are dying in Multnomah County. 

Newcomer PacificSource Makes Inroads In Marion/Polk Counties 

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One down, two to go.

Insurer PacificSource Community Solutions says Salem Clinic, a large physician-owned practice based in Salem, has agreed to join PacificSource’s Medicaid provider network for the Marion and Polk county area beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

PeaceHealth Lays Off 50 In Support Services

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Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth has laid off 50 people and created 15 new positions as it streamlines its “support services structure,” the non-profit hospital system said Thursday in response to questions from The Lund Report.

Sperm Donor Sues OHSU

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A lawsuit filed by a Corvallis doctor against Oregon Health & Science University earlier this month shows that being a sperm donor can breed a heap of trouble - for the donor and the fertility clinic.

OSU Study Suggests Oregon Medicaid System Is Cutting Needless Hospital Visits

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Oregon’s Medicaid program is helping to cut expensive unscheduled trips to the hospital by low-income, government-insured patients, an Oregon State University study

Oregon Medicaid Insurers Under The Gun To Line Up Health Care Providers

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In Oregon's three biggest Medicaid markets, insurers and health care providers are having such a hard time coming to terms with each other following the state's recent shakeup of its Medicaid program, that the state has given insurers until Dec.1 to finalize contracts with providers such as docto

Brown Bans Sale of Flavored Vapes; Unflavored Pot Not Affected

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Responding to the rising alarm over vaping, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday issued a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products and directed state agencies to identify and ban other vaping products that cause lung injury or death.

PETA Once Again Slams OHSU Over Treatment Of Monkeys, Other Experimentation Animals

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As a reminder to new students at Oregon Health & Science University, the animal rights group PETA announced Thursday it ranked the Portland institution among the “worst” in the nation for its treatment of animals – a characterization OHSU vigorously disputes.

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