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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.

Oregon Hospitals Among Those Penalized By Federal Government

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Twenty-three Oregon hospitals are among the more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide financially penalized this week by the federal government for having excessive rates of readmissions of recent elderly patients.

Oregon Sends 2020 Contracts For All 15 Medicaid Insurers To Sign

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Keeping to its timetable, the Oregon Health Authority late last week issued contracts to all 15 insurance entities the state tentatively approved earlier this year to run the state’s Medicaid programs starting 2020.

High Oregon Insurance Coverage Rate Masks Some Disparities

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An overwhelming number of Oregonians have health insurance, but a small minority, about 240,000 people, still lack coverage, typically because they don’t qualify for government-paid plans and can’t afford commercial plans, the state’s 2019 health insurance survey found.

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